Attendance Allowance - What is Attendance Allowance?
Attendance Allowance is money for people of pension age who have care needs because of physical or mental disability
- Last reviewed 19 September 2023
What is Attendance Allowance?
Attendance Allowance is money for people over pension age who have care needs. You may have care needs if you need help with activities of daily living, such as getting dressed, going to the toilet or having someone to look after you so you do not hurt yourself.
It could include help outside the home. It does not matter if no one actually gives this help, as long as you can show you need it.
You can have any type of disability or illness, including sight or hearing impairments, or mental health issues such as dementia or depression.
Attendance Allowance does not cover mobility needs.
To claim Attendance Allowance, you must have needed help with your care needs for at least 6 months. (If you’re terminally ill, you can make a claim straight away.)
Attendance Allowance is paid at two different rates and how much you get depends on the level of care that you need because of your disability.
Attendance Allowance is not means-tested so your income and savings are not taken into account when assessing if you qualify for the benefit.
Claiming Attendance Allowance won’t reduce any other income you receive. If you’re awarded it, you may become entitled to other benefits, such as Pension Credit, Housing Benefit or Council Tax Reduction, or an increase.
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Age rules: You must be Pension Age or over
If you are aged under pension age, see our Personal Independence Payment guide
Type of benefit: Non means tested
Administered by: Disability and Carers Service, Department of Work and Pensions
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