Attendance Allowance (AA) is a benefit for severely disabled people aged 65 or over who need help with personal care. People aged under 65 should claim Personal Independence Payment (PIP) instead of Attendance Allowance.
AA can be awarded as an ongoing benefit or for a fixed period. The length of an award depends on how long a decision maker from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) thinks the claimant’s needs will last.
AA is not means-tested and it’s tax-free. You don’t need to have paid any National Insurance contributions to claim AA.
To claim AA you must:
- Be aged 65 or over
- meet disability rules for AA for a qualifying period
- meet the residence, presence and immigration rules for AA
AA is paid at two different rates: the lower rate (£54.45) and the higher rate (£81.30). The amount of personal care the person needs determines whether they are eligible for AA and the rate they’re paid.