Attendance Allowance (AA) is a benefit for disabled people aged 65 and over with care needs. You need to show you have had care needs for at least 6 months before you can get AA. There are special rules for those who are terminally ill. AA does not cover mobility needs.

To claim AA, you must be live in the UK and not in a care home or hospital. You will still get AA if you:

  • are in 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 your other benefits or credits, such as extra Housing Benefit or Pension Credit. If you start getting AA, someone looking after you might be able to claim Carer’s Allowance. AA is not seen as income when assessing other benefits. There are two 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

You can download a AA claim form or call 0800 731 0122 (textphone 0800 731 0317) for an application pack.

Challenging a decision

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

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

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