What is Attendance Allowance?

Attendance Allowance (AA) is a benefit for people aged 65 or over who need help with personal care or help to make sure that they are safe. It is paid weekly by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) at two rates (a lower and a higher rate) depending on how much care you need and if you need care during the day, the night, or both.

Many blind and partially sighted people who should be getting Attendance Allowance are currently missing out. If you are one of these people, you could be missing out on at least £55.65 a week tax-free.

If you are under 65, you might be able to claim Personal Independence Payment (PIP) (or Disability Living Allowance (DLA) if you are under 16) instead of Attendance Allowance to help towards the extra costs associated with having a disability. If you are already claiming DLA or PIP when you turn 65, you do not need to apply for Attendance Allowance as you will remain on your existing benefit.

Find out how to make a claim for Attendance Allowance (AA).

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