Attendance Allowance is a state pension age benefit, in that among the eligibility criteria, it states a person must have reached that age in order to quality. The payment is paid at two different rates.
Attendance Allowance doesn’t cover mobility needs.
How much will Attendance Allowance rates rise by?
The level of help needed for the lower rate, currently £59.70, is defined as “frequent help or constant supervision during the day, or supervision at night”.
To get the higher rate of £89.15 per week, help or supervision is needed “throughout both day and night”.
People who are terminally ill can get the higher rate.
Benefits and pension rates are changing next month, and this includes Attendance Allowance.
The rates for 2021 to 2022 will rise by 0.5 percent.
The higher rate will be £89.60 and the lower rate is to increase to £60 per week.
As well as this cash payment, it may be claiming Attendance Allowance can mean an increase to other benefits a person is eligible for.
The Attendance Allowance eligibly criteria states a person must have reached state pension age, and the following must apply:
- They have a physical disability (including sensory disability, for example blindness), a mental disability (including learning difficulties), or both
- Their disability is severe enough for them to need help caring for themselves or someone to supervise them, for their own or someone else’s safety
- They have needed that help for at least six months (unless the person is terminally ill).
The person must also:
- Be in Great Britain when they claim – although there are some exceptions, such as members and family members of the armed forces
- Have been in Great Britain for at least two of the last three years (this does not apply if the person is a refugee or has humanitarian protection status)
- Be habitually resident in the UK, Ireland, Isle of Man or the Channel Islands
- Not be subject to immigration control (unless they’re a sponsored immigrant).