Attendance Allowance: Claimants can get over £4,000 a year – 56 conditions qualify
As the cost of living crisis continues, and energy bills soar, Britons are reminded to check what benefits they are entitled to as any extra cash could be vital. Successful claimants could be getting thousands of pounds more each year which could be a lifeline for families who may be feeling the squeeze.
Around 3.4 million pensioners are estimated to be missing out on this help from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
Attendance Allowance is a benefit offered by the DWP to pensioners who have an illness or disability that affects their everyday lives.
Successful claimants would get £369 per month which adds up to over £4,428 a year.
More than two million pensioners are living in poverty due to the cost of living crisis, but many could be due extra financial support from the DWP.
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One of the most underclaimed benefits is Attendance Allowance – more than three million people are entitled to this help but not claiming.
- Back pain – Other/precise diagnosis not specified
- Disease of the muscles, bones or joints
- Trauma to limbs
- Heart disease
- Chest disease
- Cystic fibrosis
- Cerebrovascular disease
- Peripheral vascular disease
- Neurological diseases
- Multiple sclerosis
- Parkinson’s disease
- Motor neurone disease
- Chronic pain syndromes
- Diabetes mellitus
- Metabolic disease
- Traumatic paraplegia/tetraplegia major trauma other than traumatic Paraplegia/tetraplegia learning difficulties
- Psychosis psychoneurosis
- Personality disorder
- Behavioural disorder
- Alcohol and drug abuse
- Hyperkinetic syndrome
- Renal disorders
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Bowel and stomach disease
- Blood disorders
- Multi system disorders
- Multiple allergy syndrome
- Skin disease
- Malignant disease
- Severely mentally impaired
- Double amputee
- Total parenteral nutrition
- Infectious diseases: Viral disease – coronavirus, COVID-19
- Infectious diseases: Viral disease – precise diagnosis not specifiedInfectious diseases: Bacterial disease – tuberculosisInfectious diseases
- Bacterial disease – precise diagnosis not specified
- Infectious diseases: Protozoal disease
- MalariaInfectious diseases
- Protozoal disease – other/precise diagnosis not specified
- Infectious diseases – other/precise diagnosis not specified
- Cognitive disorder – other/precise diagnosis not specified
- Terminally Ill
If someone were to claim the full amount available from the payment, their monthly allowance would be £369.60.
State pensioners who want to apply for this helpful benefit can do so by printing out an Attendance Allowance claim form from the gov.uk website.
Completed forms must be sent to Freepost DWP Attendance Allowance for the application to be completed. Charities, such as Age UK, have issued guidance on how to complete these forms.
On its website, the charity stated: “When filling out the form, be really clear about how your illness or disability affects your life and attach any supporting information, such as GP letters, your care plans, or prescription lists.
“Once you’ve submitted your form, the Department of Work and Pensions may contact you for more information or arrange a doctor visit.
“It’s a good idea to prepare for this visit by writing things down you think the doctor should know about.”
Care home residents won’t usually be entitled to Attendance Allowance because their care is paid for by their local authority.
However, it’s important to differentiate that they’ll still be able to claim Attendance Allowance if they pay for all their own care home costs.
Eligibility assessments aren’t usually required and people will only need to attend an assessment if it’s unclear how their illness or disability affects them.
Applicants might also qualify for Pension Credit, Housing Benefit or a Council Tax Reduction when they receive Attendance Allowance.
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