Attendance Allowance

Attendance allowance is a social security benefit that you may be able to claim if you are 65 or over and have a long term health problem, mental or physical, that affects your everyday activities

Things that won’t affect your attendance allowance claim

Attendance allowance is a complicated benefit and many people, including some doctors, care workers and Department of Work and Pensions staff, pass on information and opinions about attendance allowance allowance that aren’t correct. So, no matter what you’ve been told before, here are 12 things that don’t affect your right to claim attendance allowance.

  • You’re getting any other benefits - attendance allowance will be paid on top.
  • You’re working.
  • Your partner works.
  • You have savings.
  • You have not paid any national insurance contributions.
  • You don’t consider yourself to be disabled - attendance allowance is for people with long term health problems which affect their everyday activities.
  • You’ve been told by a doctor, nurse, care worker - or anyone other than a welfare rights worker - that you won’t get attendance allowance. Eligibility for attendance allowance is a legal question, not a matter of medical - or any other - opinion.
  • You live alone and no-one is providing care for you.
  • You already have someone, a partner for example, providing care for you.
  • You don’t want anyone to provide care for you.
  • You’ve been turned down before. Once you've looked at the information in our guides about completing the claim pack and providing supporting evidence, you may decide you could put forward a stronger case if you applied again.
  • You do not want to spend money on personal care: you can spend attendance allowance on anything you wish.

Finally, to help you decide if you might be eligible to claim attendance allowance why not try our five minute AA test?

Alternatively, find out how to download copies of the guide: the test is in there too, along with details of how to make a claim and how to prepare for a home medical visit from a doctor sent by the Benefits Agency.

For an updated version of this information visit: www.benefitsandwork.co.uk