The state pension can make up a significant part of income during a person’s retirement. The payment can only be claimed once a person has reached state pension age – something which is currently rising.
Eligibility rules state that a person can get Attendance Allowance if they’re reached state pension age, and the following applies:
- The person has “a physical disability (including sensory disability, for example blindness), a mental disability (including learning difficulties), or both”
- The “disability is severe enough for you to need help caring for yourself or someone to supervise you, for your own or someone else’s safety”
- They have needed that help for at least six months (unless they are terminally ill).
Additionally, Gov.uk states a person “must also:
- Be in Great Britain when you claim – there are some exceptions, such as members and family members of the armed forces
- Have been in Great Britain for at least 2 of the last 3 years (this does not apply if you’re a refugee or have humanitarian protection status)
- Be habitually resident in the UK, Ireland, Isle of Man or the Channel Islands
- Not be subject to immigration control (unless you’re a sponsored immigrant)”.
Meanwhile, the higher rate is £89.15 per week.
For this rate, the level of help is defined as “help or supervision throughout both day and night, or you’re terminally ill”.
Over 52 weeks, these two rates work out at £3,104.40 and £4,635.80 respectively.
Additionally, it may be that a person can get other forms of financial support by claiming Attendance Allowance.
This can include extra Pension Credit, Housing Benefit, or Council Tax Reduction.
A person can claim the payment by filling out the Attendance Allowance claim form and applying by post.
Published at Tue, 07 Jul 2020 09:01:00 +0000