What is Attendance Allowance?
You may be able to claim Attendance Allowance if your ability to keep safe or look after your own personal care is affected by physical or mental illness or disability and you are 65 years or over.
You may be eligible if you:
- have a physical or mental illness or disability;
- need support or care; or
- need to be supervised by someone else.
Am I eligible for Attendance Allowance?
Attendance Allowance does not depend on your National Insurance contributions and is not affected by your savings or income. There are two weekly rates, which depend on how your disability affects you.
You can claim Attendance Allowance if you live alone or if you live with another person; what matters is that you need help, not whether you are getting help.
There is no upper age limit for Attendance Allowance, but if you are aged under 65 years old you should apply for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) rather than Attendance Allowance.
How much Attendance Allowance may I receive?
Attendance Allowance has 2 weekly rates, and the rate you get depends on the help you need. You’ll get:
- £57.30 if you need help in the day or at night
- £85.60 if you need help both in the day and at night.
These rates apply from April 2018 to April 2019.
Claiming Attendance Allowance won’t reduce any other income you receive, and it’s also tax-free. If you’re awarded it, you may become entitled to other benefits, such as:
How do I apply for Attendance Allowance?
Contact the Attendance Allowance Helpline.
Search, a resource centre for older people in the West of Newcastle, run an advice drop-in where you can get help with applying for benefits and filling out forms such as Attendance Allowance applications. The drop-in is open Monday to Friday, from 10am to 1pm.
Where can I get benefits advice?
It can be useful to speak with someone about what you may be entitled to and how each one impacts upon another. A local independent advice service can help guide you through the process such as;
- Citizens Advice Newcastle – provide advice to anyone in Newcastle
- Newcastle Welfare Rights Service – provide advice to people in priority groups including those over 65. They have self help material on their website.
There are a range of benefit advice services available across Newcastle.
Other Useful Information
- Attendance Allowance – Age UK factsheet
- Money Advice Service provides online information on the full range of benefits that you may be entitled to. This also includes where to find more help and advice.
- Simple Payment Service, recently renamed Payment Exception Service, was introduced as cheques are no longer used to pay state benefits and Pension credit. Information Now has more details on the service available to those unable to use bank accounts.
- Which? Elderly Care provide information on Attendance Allowance.
- The Cinemas Exhibitors’ Association (CEA) Card helps to ensure cinemas make reasonable adjustments for you if you need them because of a disability. With the card you can claim a free ticket for a carer or person accompanying you to the cinema. The card costs £6 . You can apply if you receive Disability Living Allowance; Attendance Allowance; Personal Independence Payment or Armed Forces Independence Payment or are registered as blind.
Last updated: October 2, 2018