Millions of state pensioners could be eligible for £4,800 boost
To apply, it must be clear that claimants could benefit from help with personal care, such as getting washed or dressed, eating and drinking, or needing supervision to keep them safe during the day or night.
Claimants must also have needed help for at least six months prior but if they’re terminally ill, the benefit can be claimed straight away.
However, Britons don’t need to have had a diagnosis for their condition to apply for Attendance Allowance. As long as they’ve needed help or supervision, or have had difficulties for six months because of their condition, they can claim Attendance Allowance.
Britons won’t be able to get Attendance Allowance if they already get Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Adult Disability Payment (ADP), or the care component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA).
How much is Attendance Allowance?
The amount allocated to recipients is calculated based on how much help is required, and the funds don’t need to be spent on care. Instead, it can be put towards other costs – like energy bills.
There are two rates of Attendance Allowance offered, the lower rate and the higher rate.
The lower rate applies to people who need help during the day or at night and amounts to £61.85 per week.
The higher rate applies to those who need help during both the day and at night, or have a terminal illness. This amounts to £92.40 per week.
Attendance Allowance isn’t a means-tested benefit, meaning current savings or income won’t affect the claim, nor will it impact other benefits received.