Attendance Allowance (AA)

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Attendance Allowance is dealt with by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

What is it paid for?

• Paid if you need help to look after yourself.

• Paid if you become ill or disabled on or after your 65th birthday, or are claiming on or after your 65th birthday

• Paid at different rates depending on whether you need care during the day, during the night, or both.

Can I get it?

If you have needed help for at least 6 months, you should claim Attendance Allowance.


AA is paid at different rates depending on how much your disability affects you.

There are special rules for people with a terminal illness to help them get AA quickly and easily for care.

You can get AA even if no one is actually giving you the care you need.

You may not get AA if you are in hospital or residential care.

AA is not affected by savings.

AA is not usually affected by other money you have coming in.

How much will I get?

Higher rate £ 83.10 per week

Lower rate £ 55.65 per week

Only use the amounts shown as a guide. The rules for benefits mean that your individual circumstances may affect the amount you can get. This means you will not always be able to work out exactly how much you will get by using these amounts.

If you think you qualify, claim straightaway, or you may lose benefit. AA applications take 40 working days to process, except fast-tracked applications for those with terminal illnesses. It will probably be backdated to when you made your claim. You might be called in for a face-to-face assessment as part of the claim process, to make sure that you are eligible. You will also need to prove your identity, if you are called for an assessment.

• You can get a claim form by phoning the Benefit Enquiry Line on 0800 169 0310. People with speech or hearing problems using a textphone can dial 0800 169 0314

• Or from advice centres like Citizens Advice Bureaux

• Or from the Gov.UK website (it will open in a new window).

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