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Attendance Allowance: All You Need To Know

By IntFormalities
Updated on November 20, 2023
Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

In the United Kingdom, various benefits are provided to support individuals in challenging circumstances. Among them is the Attendance Allowance. Designed specifically for elderly individuals facing disabilities, it offers financial assistance to help them with the additional costs associated with their daily care and support. Discover the eligibility requirements, a step-by-step guide to the application process, and valuable insights to maximize the benefits of this vital support system.

What is Attendance Allowance
The Attendance Allowance is available at two different rates, and the amount received will depend on the severity of the disability and the care required.

What Is Attendance Allowance?

The Attendance Allowance is a vital benefit provided by the UK government to support elderly individuals with disabilities. It is designed to help those who require frequent care or assistance with their daily living activities.

The allowance is not means-tested, meaning it is not based on an individual’s income or savings. Instead, it focuses on the level of care needed due to a physical or mental disability. It is available at two different rates, and the amount received will depend on the severity of the disability and the care required.

Who Can Apply?

To qualify, you must:

  • Be eligible to receive State Pension
  • Have a physical disability, mental disability, or both. The disability must be severe enough to need assistance or supervision from someone else. This need for assistance must have been ongoing for at least six months.

In addition to these requirements, to qualify, the following is also necessary:

  • The claim must be made in Great Britain (unless family members are part of the armed forces)
  • You must have lived in Great Britain for at least the last two of the three previous years (not applicable for those with refugee or humanitarian protection status)
  • You must not be under immigration control
  • You must be a habitual resident of the UK, Channel Islands, Isle Of Man, or Ireland

Please note: Special rules are applicable for those with less than 13 months to live. Attendance allowance is available at the highest possible rate and is processed quicker than other applications.

People Living In the EU, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, or Switzerland

It may still be possible for UK nationals living in these countries or considering moving there to claim the benefit. The UK leaving the EU through Brexit may impact the situation. Read this guide to see if you could qualify. 

Payment Rates for the Attendance Allowance

Attendance allowance is paid on a weekly basis. As it was mentioned before, it is not means-tested. This means a person’s earnings or savings are not taken into account. Additionally, Attendance Allowance payments are not taxable.

The payments are classified as a lower rate or higher rate bracket. The bracket you fall into will be based on the assessment of the application. People receiving Attendance Allowance may be eligible for additional pension credits, council tax reductions, or housing benefits.

The table below outlines what you could be receiving.

RateThe Amount of Help Required
Lower rate bracket £68.10Regular help or supervision during the day or night
Higher rate bracket £101.75Supervision or help during both the day and night.
Or a person who has less than 13 months to live.

You can also read, “How To Access Disabled Facilities Grants.”

How To Apply for the Attendance Allowance

An application can be made by printing and filling in this claim form. The form provides guidance on how to complete the application. There is no need to affix a postcode or stamp. Once completed, the form should be submitted to the following address:


Department Of Work And Pension Attendance Allowance

After the application, you will receive a letter or text within 3 weeks explaining how long the DWP will take to decide. After the decision, you’ll be notified of the outcome by post. The letter will also tell you when you’ll receive your first payment if the application is successful. It is only feasible to claim payments from the date of the application and not to backdate them. Further information can be obtained from this helpline phone number: 0800 731 0122

For people living in Northern Ireland, the process is different. Those in Northern Ireland should consult this government services website for further information. 

Reporting New Circumstances

Changes in circumstances must be reported. Some examples of changes in circumstances include:

  • Change in the disability or the amount of help required
  • Going into a hospital or a care home for a prolonged period
  • Leaving the UK for 5 weeks or more
  • Change in personal details such as name, address, banking information, etc.
  • Time in prison
  • Change of immigration status

Helping Retired People with Disabilities

In conclusion, the Attendance Allowance is a crucial support system that provides vital benefit payments to senior citizens with disabilities in the UK. These payments serve as a lifeline, empowering individuals to access the additional care they require to maintain their independence and enhance their quality of life. With the help of benefits like the Attendance Allowance, we can create a society that values and prioritizes the needs of its most vulnerable citizens.

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