Attendance Allowance

Are you entitled to a Non-Means-tested Attendance Allowance?

You can get Attendance Allowance if you’re 65 or over and the following apply:

  • you have a physical disability (including sensory disability, for example, blindness), a mental disability (including learning difficulties), or both
  • your disability is severe enough for you to need help caring for yourself or someone to supervise you, for your own or someone else’s safety
  • you have needed that help for at least 6 months (unless you’re terminally ill)

You must also:

  • be in Great Britain when you claim – there are some exceptions, such as members and family members of the armed forces
  • have been in Great Britain for at least 2 of the last 3 years

What you’ll get

The allowance is paid weekly at 2 different rates – the one you get depends on the level of help you need.

Allowance rates

Rate Level of help you need
Lower rate – £58.70 Frequent help or constant supervision during the day, or supervision at night
Higher rate – £87.65 Help or supervision throughout both day and night, or you’re terminally ill

You could get extra Pension Credit, Housing Benefit or Council Tax Reduction if you receive the allowance

Below are the different ways to apply:

Call the Attendance Allowance helpline on 0800 731 0122

Visit the Government Website’s Attendance Allowance page to find out more.