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Attendance Allowance (AA) is a benefit for disabled people aged 65 and over with care needs. You do not need to actually receive help as long as you can show you need it. You must usually have had care needs for at least 6 months before you can get AA, but there are special rules for those who are terminally ill. AA does not cover mobility needs.
To claim AA, you must be usually living in the UK and not in a care home or hospital. Usually your AA won't be affected if you:
If you receive AA, it may increase the amount of other benefits or credits you are entitled to, 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 normally ignored as income when assessing other benefits. There are two rates:
You can download a AA claim form or call 0345 605 6055, Textphone 0345 604 5312, to be sent an application pack.
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, for example due to incorrect information being used, you can appeal. You have one month to dispute a decision, so it is important to seek advice and act quickly.
Calculate your entitlements online.
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