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Attendance Allowance - How do I claim Attendance Allowance?

Find out more about Attendance Allowance.

How do I claim Attendance Allowance?

England, Scotland or Wales

Phone the Attendance Allowance helpline for a claim form:
Telephone: 0345 605 6055
Textphone: 0345 604 5312
Monday to Friday, 8 am to 6 pm

Or you can download an Attendance Allowance claim form from the Gov.UK website

Northern Ireland

Phone the Attendance Allowance helpline for a claim form:
Telephone 0345 605 6055
Textphone 0345 604 5312

Phone the Disability and Carers Service for a claim form:
Telephone: 028 9090 6178
Textphone: 0800 243 787

Or you can download a claim form from the NI Direct website

The form comes with notes telling you how to fill it in and where to send it.

After your claim form is received, you may have to have a medical examination although this would not usually happen.

What documents will I need to claim Attendance Allowance?

You should give your national insurance number. If you do not have a national insurance number, send in the claim form anyway to save delays. You may also be asked for proof of your identity, such as a birth certificate, passport or driving licence.

When will my Attendance Allowance claim begin?

A claim for Attendance Allowance cannot be backdated. The date of your claim will be the date you call and ask for a claim form as long as you complete and return it within the time given. If you download a claim form it will be the date your completed claim form is received.

Change of circumstances

You must report changes in your circumstances which might affect your entitlement to this benefit.

Updated May 2016

 

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