Attendance Allowance can be claimed by thousands of Britons right across the country in different circumstances. The sum is overseen by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), responsible for ensuring people receive the amount to which they are entitled. Many people, though, are unaware they could claim Attendance Allowance, and the important support it can provide.
However, it is clear the matter is worth investigating further, and there are key issues to bear in mind when doing so.
To unlock entitlement to Attendance Allowance, a person must have reached State Pension age.
These individuals must also have a mental or physical disability, or a disability which requires them to have support to care for themselves.
They must also have needed that help for at least six months, unless terminally ill, and live in Great Britain when making a claim.
This rate is paid to those who need frequent help or constant supervision during the day, or supervision at night.
The amount of Attendance Allowance increases to £89.15 per week on the higher rate of the benefit.
This is for those who need help or supervision throughout both day and night, or those who are terminally ill.
Therefore, those on the higher rate of Attendance Allowance could receive support of over £4,600 annually to help with their needs.
Individuals can then choose how this money will help them in their day-to-day lives, but the sum will be paid directly into their bank account.
The payment is not means-tested, which means what a person earns or how much they have in savings will not affect the total sum they receive.
To claim Attendance Allowance, Britons will need to fill out an application form to send off to the DWP.
This will need to be sent by post, with specific information filled out.
Supporting documentation for an application will also be needed, which includes:
- National Insurance number
- Name of GP and address of GP’s surgery
- Details of medication a person takes
- Details of anyone else a person has seen about their illness or disabilities in the last 12 months
Prospective claimants will also need to provide details of their illness or disability, and any medication they take.
Britons may be happy to note Attendance Allowance can be backdated to the date a claim is made.
This will typically be the date a form is received, or the date the enquiry line is called if a claim pack is then returned within six weeks.