If you care for someone who is a pensioner and needs care or supervision because they have an illness or disability then they are eligible for claiming Attendance Allowance. If the person you care for is already in receipt of Personal Independence Payment or Disability Living Allowance then they may not be eligible to apply for Attendance Allowance.
Attendance allowance is a benefit for the person you are caring for. It helps with extra costs if they have a disability severe enough that they need someone to help look after or keep an eye them.
Attendance allowance is paid at 2 different rates depending on the level of care that they need because of their disability.
Level of help you need
Lower rate – £68.10
Frequent help or constant supervision during the day, or supervision at night
Higher rate – £101.75
Help or supervision throughout both day and night, or a medical professional has said you might have 6 months or less to live
The person you care for will receive their Attendance Allowance every four weeks
You can get Attendance Allowance if you’ve reached State Pension age and the following apply:
You must also:
Use the Attendance Allowance claim form to apply by post. The form comes with notes telling you how to fill it in.
Send the completed form to:
Freepost DWP Attendance Allowance
You do not need a postcode or a stamp.
Call the Attendance Allowance helpline to ask for:
Attendance Allowance helpline
Telephone: 0800 731 0122
Textphone: 0800 731 0317
Relay UK (if you cannot hear or speak on the phone): 18001 then 0800 731 0122
British Sign Language (BSL) video relay service if you’re on a computer – find out how to use the service on mobile or tablet
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
Find out about call charges
If the person you care for has capacity to make their own decisions and does not wish to apply for Attendance Allowance then you must respect their wishes
If the person your care for does not have capacity to make their own decisions you can make the application on their behalf, you will be asked whether you hold Power of Attorney to act on behalf of the person you care for as part of the application
Attendance Allowance can be backdated to the date of your claim. This is usually the date your form is received or the date you call the enquiry line (if you then return the claim pack within 6 weeks).
Attendance Allowance is a non-means tested benefit and no financial assessment is needed to complete the application