How much is Attendance Allowance worth?
It is paid at two rates depending on how much care you need.
- Lower Rate - £53.00 per week
- Higher Rate - £79.15 per week
People who are terminally ill
People who are terminally ill (where death can reasonably be expected within 6 months) automatically receive the higher rate of AA. This applies whether the person needs extra help or not. The person does not need to have required help for the previous 6 months.
These claims are dealt with quicker than standard claims.
There is a special section in the AA claim pack to complete in this situation.
This is known as claiming under Special Rules and the gov.uk website has more information.
How to claim Attendance Allowance
Getting help with filling in the application form
The form is quite long and complicated but there is help available.
Form filling guides
Use our form filling guides if you need help with the application form.
Many organisations supporting people with specific conditions offer advice on form filling on their websites. See our How to get advice page for details.
Our Benefits advice sessions page lists local organisations that can offer help with filling in forms.
To discuss an existing claim for AA:
- Phone 0345 6056055 or 0845 6056055
- Textphone 08457 22 44 33
If you are refused Attendance Allowance
Our Challenging decisions page gives further advice if your claim is turned down or you do not believe you have been awarded the right rate of AA.