Should you need help carrying out daily tasks, you may be able to apply for financial help.
If you have a disability that leaves you needing someone to help you with your daily living routine then you may be entitled to an attendance allowance. The allowance is paid weekly and there are two rates. The rate you receive depends on the amount of support you need.
Low rate - £59.70. Should you need frequent help or constant supervision during the day, or supervision at night. High rate - £89.15. Should you need help throughout both day and night, or if you’re terminally ill.
It does not cover mobility needs. You do not have to have someone caring for you in order to claim. You may also qualify for additional pension credits, housing benefit or a council tax reduction if you get an attendance allowance.
How you receive your allowance
All benefits and allowances are paid directly into your bank account.
You must contact the attendance allowance helpline if your circumstances change.
An allowance is not means-tested. Your earnings or how much you have saved will have no bearing on what you receive.
Making a claim
Fill in an attendance allowance claim form to apply by post. The form comes with notes telling you how to fill it in.
Send the completed form to ‘Freepost DWP Attendance Allowance’.
Call the Attendance Allowance helpline on 0800 731 0122 or textphone 0800 731 0317 to ask for:
- a copy of the form
- alternative formats, such as braille, large print or audio CD.
- Relay UK (if you cannot hear or speak on the phone): 18001 then 0800 731 0122
Your allowance can be backdated to the date of your claim. This is usually the date your form is received or the date you first call the enquiry line, provided you then return the claim form inside six weeks.