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What is the Attendance Allowance?

If you need some extra help at home because of a disability or illness, you may
be entitled to the UK Governments 'Attendance Allowance'

The Attendance Allowance is a benefit for over 65’s whether you need help in the
day, the night or both. The money doesn’t have to be spent on a carer – it could be put towards something that can make your life a lot more independent for longer

  • It is not means tested, therefore it doesn’t matter how much savings you have or what your income is
  • It won’t reduce any other income you are receiving
  • It is tax-free

If you are eligible to receive the Attendance Allowance you may become entitled to other benefits available

If you need help either in the day or at night you could get £58.70 a week.
If you need help both in the day and the night you could get £87.65 a
week. The benefit is paid every 4 weeks

To be eligible for claiming the Attendance Allowance there is a criteria to
be met:

  • You must be 65 or over
  • You must have a type of disability or illness.
  • You would benefit from help with your personal care.
  • You must have needed help for at least 6 months. (If you have a terminal illness and need help you can claim straight away.


To claim Attendance Allowance, please follow these steps:

Get a claim form by copying this link Download, complete and print off before posting or calling the Attendance Allowance line 0800 731 012 (Textphone: 0800 731 0317), Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm

Complete the form as best as possible. Ensure you are extremely clear about how your illness or disability affects your life

If you need help filling in your form, please contact us

Ensure you have all necessary documentation before sending the completed form to the address on the form.