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Attendance Allowance

Attendance Allowance (AA) is a benefit for disabled people who are over State Pension Age who have care needs.

You do not have to receive help but you must show evidence that you:

  • have had care needs for at least 6 months before you can get AA
  • and expect to have care needs for at least 6 months after making the claim

Eligibility for Attendance Allowance

There are special rules for those who are terminally ill. A health professional can sign a form called a DS1500. This confirms the prognosis and AA may be automatically awarded for a 3-year period.

AA does not have a mobility component.

To claim AA, you must live in the UK and not in a care home or hospital. You can continue to get Attendance Allowance if you are fully self-funding in care. Usually your AA will not be affected if you:

  • are admitted into hospital or a care home for less than 4 weeks
  • go abroad for less than 13 weeks
  • go abroad for less than 26 weeks to get medical treatment for a condition which began before you left

If you receive AA, it may increase the amount of other benefits or credits you are entitled to, such as: 

If you start getting AA, someone looking after you might be able to claim Carer’s Allowance.

AA is normally ignored as income when assessing other benefits. There are 2 rates.

  • You get the lower rate if you need frequent help during the day or supervision at night.
  • You get the higher rate if you need help or supervision throughout both the day and night or if you are terminally ill.

How to apply for Attendance Allowance

Download a AA claim form (GOV.UK)

Or call the free helpline on 0800 731 0122 (Textphone 0800 731 0317).

Challenging a decision

If you disagree with the decision made on your benefit claim, you can ask for a Mandatory Review.

If you still believe the decision is wrong, you can appeal. You have 1 month to dispute a decision, so it's important to seek advice and act quickly.

Find a benefits adviser (Turn2us)

Challenging a benefits decision

Last reviewed by Scope on: 24/09/2020

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