Attendance Allowance

Attendance Allowance is a benefit for people over the age of 65 who need extra help with the costs of their personal ‘care’ needs. You must have had these needs for at least six months. There are special rules for terminally ill claimants.

To get Attendance Allowance, having a diagnosis for a medical condition will not by itself automatically qualify you; you must also have personal care needs. However, you do not have to be already receiving help for your care needs in order to qualify; what matters is that the need is there.

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Every effort has been made to ensure that this information is up to date, however changes in the law over time may affect the accuracy of some content. The information provided does not constitute legal or professional advice. You should always check details regarding your welfare rights with a local advice centre or the Department for Works and Pensions.

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