Attendance Allowance is a non taxable weekly benefit for people over 65 who need looking after because of an illness or disability.
Attendance Allowance is not means test - your income and savings are not considered. Receiving it may entitle you to other benefits and it is available whether you live alone or with other people.
For more information download our Attendance allowance factsheet [PDF]
It is paid at two rates depending on how much are you need:
- lower rate - £55.65 per week
- higher rate - £83.10 per week.
People who are terminally ill receive the higher rate and these claims are dealt with quicker. This is known as claiming under special rules and the GOV.UK website has more information about how to do this.
Who can apply
This benefit is aimed at the:
- long-term ill
- state pension age.
- be 65 or over
- have needed care and support for at least six months
- expect to need help for at least a further six months.
How to apply
- visit the GOV.UK website to download an application form
- request an application form by calling 0800 7310122.
To discuss an existing claim phone 0800 7310122.
Help filling in the application form
Use our form filling guides if you need help with the application form:
- tips for the DLA and AA form filling for adults [PDF]
- DLA/AA form filling tips for deaf adults [PDF].
See our benefits and financial advice page for information on benefit advice sessions in Nottinghamshire and organisations that provide advice.