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Over 65 and have a long term illness or disability?

Over 65 and have a long term illness or disability?

If you are over 65 and have a long term illness or disability, you could be eligible for Attendance Allowance which is extra money on top of your pension. This is £57 or £85 per week, depending on how your illness or disability affects you and if you have difficulty doing everyday activities such as walking indoors, washing, bathing, eating, drinking, dressing/undressing. You may also be eligible if you need someone to watch over you due to physical or mental illness.

Do I need to have a carer to get Attendance Allowance?

No, you don't need to have a carer as it's based on the help you need, not the help you receive. If you need a carer, Attendance Allowance could help with this and enable you to live more independently in your home.

Is Attendance Allowance based on my other income and savings?

No, other income and savings don’t matter. Attendance Allowance also won't affect your pensions and other income.

How do I make a claim?

You need to have an illness or disability that has affected you for 6 months or more (unless you are terminally ill, when you can claim immediately).

If you claimed Personal Independence Payment (PIP) before you were aged 65, you will stay on this and can't claim Attendance Allowance as well.

To claim, you can:

  • ring the Attendance Allowance Helpline on 0800 731 0122 and ask for a claim form to be sent to you
  • download a claim form from www.gov.uk/attendance-allowance

If you need help to fill in the Attendance Allowance form, please speak with one of Together Housing’s Benefit Advisors by phoning your Customer Service Centre, or text BENEFITS HELP to 66099.

For more information visit:

www.ageuk.org.uk or www.citizensadvice.org.uk

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