Find out more about Attendance Allowance

06 February 2019

What is Attendance Allowance?

One of the most frequently asked questions we get is ‘Am I eligible for Attendance Allowance?’

Attendance Allowance is a tax-free benefit for those who have an illness or disability, and who require extra help at home. It is not based on income level and is available to anyone over the age of 65 who has a long-term illness or disability, and meets the eligibility criteria.

You can claim Attendance Allowance if:

  • You have a disability or illness, including mental health issues such as dementia
  • You need help with personal care or supervision to keep you safe
  • You have required help for at least six months, unless you are terminally ill in which case you could claim immediately.

How much could I be entitled to?

The latest rates (April 2018 to April 2019) are:

– £57.30 a week – for those that need help in the day OR at night

– £85.60 a week – for those that need help during the day AND night

Attendance Allowance key facts

 Claiming Attendance Allowance will not affect any other income you already receive.

If you qualify for the allowance it is up to you what you spend it on. It does not have to be used to pay for a carer, but could instead be used on technology or adaptations to assist your independence at home.

You could get extra Pension Credit, Housing Benefit or Council Tax Reduction if you are eligible for Attendance Allowance.

If you are awarded Attendance Allowance, at either rate, and have a carer, that person may be entitled to claim Carer’s Allowance.

How to claim Attendance Allowance

You can find out more, and make a claim, by calling the GOV.UK Attendance Allowance helpline on 0800 731 0122.

To apply by post, download, fill in and return the Gov.UK Attendance Allowance claim form.

When filling in your claim form, give as much detail as possible, explaining the full effects of your disability or illness. Provide information on all the activities you struggle to do on your own, any accidents or falls you may have and the things that you have lost confidence in or forget to do.

Providing as much information as possible will help in the early stages of your application.

Is there anyone else that can help me?

 To speak to someone about live-in care in your own home, and the support and care packages we are able to offer, call 0800 086 8686, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can also visit

Age UK also provide companionship, advice and support for older people, and you can call their helpline on 0800 055 6112 or visit



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