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Attendance Allowance

Attendance Allowance is a non-contributory, tax-free, non means-tested benefit for severely disabled people older than 65 years of age. It caters for care needs and is paid at two rates, depending on the level of help someone needs with their personal care.

Who can claim?

You may get Attendance Allowance if:

  • you have a physical or mental disability, or both
  • your disability is severe enough for you to need help caring for yourself
  • you are aged 65 or older when you claim.

If you are younger than 65, you may be able to get Disability Living Allowance.

Attendance Allowance is not affected by any savings or income you may have.

Special rules if you are terminally ill

If you have a progressive disease and you are not expected to live for more than another six months there are special rules for claiming to make sure you get your benefit more quickly and easily.

How to satisfy the disability conditions

You may be able to get Attendance Allowance for help with personal care, even if no one actually gives you any help. The help must need to be frequently throughout the day or through the day and night.

You must:

  • need help with washing, dressing, using the toilet, medication, treatment, mobility indoors, seeing etc.
  • need someone to keep an eye on you.

How to claim

Claim packs can be obtained by phoning 0800 882200 or 08457 123456.

Attendance Allowance leaflet

Download the Attendance Allowance leaflet (pdf 71KB).

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