Attendance Allowance

Are you getting the benefit?

Many BEA members may qualify for valuable financial
support but don’t claim it. Attendance Allowance (AA) can
make a real difference to your day-to-day life and help you
to carry on living independently at home.

You can claim Attendance Allowance if you:

  • are 65 or over
  • could benefit from help with personal care, such as
    getting washed or dressed, or supervision to keep you
    safe at day or night
  • have any type of disability or illness, including sight or
    hearing impairments, or conditions such as dementia
  • have needed help for at least 6 months (if you are terminally ill you can claim straight away)

You would get £55.65 a week if you need help either in the
day or at night, or £83.10 a week if you need help both in the day and at night. (2017-18 rates.)

Attendance Allowance is not means-tested so it doesn’t matter how much income and savings you have. It’s also tax-free. Attendance Allowance will not reduce any other income you receive, and you may become entitled to other benefits such as Pension Credit, Housing Benefit or Council Tax Reduction, or get an increase in these benefits if you already claim them.

You do not have to spend Attendance Allowance on a carer. You can spend it on other types of help, or on equipment. If you have been turned down for Attendance Allowance it may be worth claiming again, as your circumstances may have changed.

If you are aged below 65, you may be able to claim a Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

Help and support
You can get free, confidential help to claim for Attendance Allowance to ensure you make the best possible case. Ask Simon, our Outreach Worker, for advice.

Attendance Allowance helpline
Phone to get a claim form or download one from the government website.
0345 605 6055
www.gov.uk

Welfare Rights Unit (Leeds City Council)
Call for advice and to arrange an appointment with a welfare rights worker, who may be able to visit you at home if you are unable to go out.
0113 376 0452
9.00-4.30, Mon-Thurs; 9.00-4.00 Fri

Benefits Buddies
Appointments at Haslewood Hub, LS9 7PS
0113 235 0276

Carers Advice Line (Carers Leeds)
If you are a carer of somebody claiming AA a Support Worker can visit you at home and help make a claim.
0113 380 4300
9.00-4.30, Mon–Fri

Age UK Leeds Advice line
You can make an appointment.
0113 389 3004

Age UK
Advice and information.
0800 678 1174
8.00am-7.00pm, daily
www.ageuk.org.uk/moneymatters

Please let us know if you find that any information here has gone out of date.

August 2017

 

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