3.4 million Pensioners are missing out on Attendance Allowance
New analysis from national poverty charity Turn2us reveals that as many as 3.4 million people over the age of 65 are not claiming the Attendance Allowance they are entitled to.
Attendance Allowance is a benefit for people aged 65 or over who have care needs because of a physical or mental disability. The payment amounts, which are paid weekly, vary according to the level of care required.
David Samson, Welfare Benefit Specialist at Turn2us, says:
“Unclaimed benefits are a huge issue in the UK. Whether it is because of an overly complicated system, societal stigma or simply not knowing, there are many reasons why people miss out on their benefits.
“People over the age of 65 are especially likely to be missing out on their entitlements. We urge anyone who is unsure of what they are entitled to, to do a benefit calculation to see if there is anything they can claim.”
The charity recommends that those who are worried about financial support visit the Turn2us website or call its helpline on 0808 802 2000 to check what benefits or charitable grants they may be eligible for.