Attendance Allowance: State pension claimants could get extra £90 a week | Personal Finance | Finance
Attendance Allowance is a disability benefit payment from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) which helps claimants with the extra costs that arise from having their condition. The payment is delivered at two different rates which are awarded to benefit recipients depending on the severity of their disability. Claimants can either get £60 or £89.60 a week to help with personal support through Attendance Allowance.
According to the Government’s website, the £60 is given to people who require “frequent help or constant supervision during the day, or supervision at night”.
Comparatively, £89.60 a week is given to claimants who need “help or supervision throughout both day and night, or you’re terminally ill”.
To be eligible for this support, applicants must be of the state pension age or older and physically or mentally disabled.
However, this DWP payment does not cover the mobility costs which people with disabilities often need to pay for.
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If someone gets Attendance Allowance, the amount they receive from other benefit payments may also be increased.
Claimants may be eligible for extra Pension Credit, Housing Benefit or a Council Tax Reduction depending on their circumstances.
By calling the DWP helpline or visiting their local jobcentre, Attendance Allowance recipients will be able to discuss their options and eligibility further for these benefit hikes.
Any money received via Attendance Allowance does not need to be spent on hiring a carer and claimants do not need to have a carer looking after them to apply.
Those who require and have a carer are encouraged by the DWP to apply for Carer’s Allowance as a separate means of support.
All payments are delivered directly to the claimant’s bank, building society or credit union account, whichever is the primary account they receive money from the DWP.
As well as needing to be of the state pension age, claimants must meet certain criteria to get Attendance Allowance.
Claimants must have a physical disability, which includes sensory disabilities such as blindness, or a mental disability.
Furthermore, their disability must be severe enough for them to need help caring for themselves or someone to supervise them.
On top of this, applicants must have been in need of this help for at least six months to receive a payment, unless they are terminally ill.
All applicants need to be living in Great Britain when they claim and have been in the country for at least two of the last three years.
To send an application, claimants must fill out the Attendance Allowance claim form when applying via post, which can be found online.
The completed form has to be sent to Freepost DWP Attendance Allowance in order to be valid.
Chloe Smith, the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, explained why state pensioners who are dealing with illnesses or ailments should apply for the support.
Ms Smith said: “Living with a long-term illness or disability can have a profound effect on daily life, both for those with a diagnosis and those who care for them, so it’s vitally important you are receiving all the help you are entitled to.
“Millions of people already receive this support and I would urge anyone who thinks they may be eligible for extra financial help to check online.”
Anyone with queries about their application should contact the Attendance Allowance helpline at 0800 731 0122.