Attendance Allowance is a tax free benefit payable to those aged 65 or over who may need help with personal care due to physical or mental disability.
Usually to qualify you must be age 65 or over and at least one of the following must apply:
- You have a physical disabilty (including sensory disability, such as blindess), a mental disability (including learning difficulties), or both.
- Your disability is severe enough for you to need help caring for yourself or someone to supervise you, for your own safety or for someone else’s safety.
Attendance Allowance is paid at two rates depending on how your disability affects you, based your levels of care needed.
- Higher rate £73.60 per week
- Lower rate £49.30 per week
If you are aged below 65 then you may alternatively be entitled to Disability Living Allowance.