State pension age: You could be missing out on an extra £4,660 per year – act now | Personal Finance | Finance

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Reaching State Pension age can be a significant milestone in a person’s life, as it is at this age many people plan to leave the workforce. When reaching state pension age, eligible individuals can also receive their state pension sum. The full new state pension sum currently stands at £179.60 per week, but how much someone receives is dependent on their National Insurance contributions.

As a result, Britons may be able to get up to £4,660 per year to help in their day-to-day lives.

The lower rate, the Government states, is for those who need “frequent help or constant supervision during the day, or supervision at night”.

But for the higher rate, individuals will need to require help or supervision throughout both day and night, or be terminally ill.

Attendance Allowance, however, does not cover mobility needs, and so a person will need to take this into consideration when claiming.

To claim Attendance Allowance, people can use the claim form to apply by post, without a postcode or a stamp.

A payment can be backdated to the date a person first puts in their claim to the DWP.

This is usually the date their form is received or the date a person calls the enquiry line – if the claim pack is returned in six weeks.

Attendance Allowance payments are issued directly into a person’s bank, building society or credit union account. 

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