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In line with inflation, Attendance Allowance rates increased by 10.1% in April 2023.
You could be eligible for Attendance Allowance if you’ve reached the State Pension age and have a disability, medical condition or illness that affects you and your ability to live independently on a day-to-day basis.
Here, we’ve explained the Attendance Allowance rates for 2023/2024, along with how much they’ve increased, whether you’re eligible, which rate you’ll get (depending on how much care and support you need) and how to claim.
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Attendance Allowance is comprised of two different rates. How much Attendance Allowance you receive depends on the following:
These two rates are:
Here are the Attendance Allowance rates for 2023/2024, along with how much they’ve increased since 2022/2023:
|Rate||Weekly Amount (2023/2024)||Weekly Amount (2022/2023)||Annual Increase|
The 2023/2024 higher rate of Attendance Allowance has increased to £101.75 per week, and the lower rate has increased to £68.10 per week. Each year, you could receive £5,291 for the higher rate and £3541.20 for the lower rate.
In April 2023, Attendance Allowance rates rose by 10.1%, in line with inflation. This increase also happened to other DWP disability and means-tested benefits, such as Personal Independence Payment (PIP).
As a result, Attendance Allowance increased by the following amounts per week from 2022 to 2023:
If you qualify for the 2023/2024 higher rate of Attendance Allowance, you’ll get £101.75 a week, £440.92 a month and £5,291 a year. During 2022/2023, you would have got £92.40 a week, £400.40 a month and £4,804.80 a year. So, this is an increase of £9.35 a week, £40.52 a month and £486.20 a year.
If you qualify for the 2023/2024 lower rate of Attendance Allowance, you’ll get £68.10 a week, £295.10 a month and £3,541.20 a year. During 2022/2023, you would have got £61.85 a week, £268.02 a month and £3,216.20 a year. So, this is an increase of £6.25 a week, £27.08 a month and £325 a year.
Attendance Allowance will be paid straight into your bank or building society account every four weeks.
This money can be spent however you wish, such as to help you remain independent in your own home for longer.
Attendance Allowance is usually paid for a minimum of six months. This could be longer if you still have extra care needs after this point.
If you begin receiving Attendance Allowance, you may be eligible for additional benefits or credits as a result. You may be eligible for the following:
What’s more, anybody caring for you may also be able to start claiming Carer’s Allowance s a result of you getting Attendance Allowance.
Attendance Allowance is tax-free, so it isn’t considered income when working out any other benefits, meaning none of the other benefits you already receive will be affected.
You should let any organisations who pay your other benefits know that you’re now claiming Attendance Allowance.
The Benefit Cap is the maximum amount of benefits you can receive. Just like DWP disability benefits, this increased by 10.1% in April 2023.
However, the Benefit Cap only applies to people of working age. As Attendance Allowance is a benefit for people above the State Pension age, it doesn’t apply to people who receive Attendance Allowance.
If you or your partner receive Attendance Allowance, you’ll be excluded from the Benefit Cap.
You’ll be eligible for Attendance Allowance if you:
A formal diagnosis isn’t required to make a claim. The main requirement is that you’ve needed care and supervision, or have experienced difficulties. We have a guide explaining what medical conditions make you eligible for Attendance Allowance.
If you’re under the State Pension age, you may instead be eligible for Personal Independence Payment (PIP).
To claim this disability benefit, you’ll need to fill in an Attendance Allowance claim form. To get a form, you can either:
If you call and your claim is successful, your claim will begin from the date you made the call.
If you choose to download and post your claim form and this claim is successful, your claim will begin from the date this postal form is received.
When filling out this form, provide as much information as possible about your condition and how it affects you on a daily basis, including specific difficulties or symptoms. We have a guide explaining Attendance Allowance pitfalls you should avoid and what to include, to ensure your claim is successful.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) may then get in touch for further information, or they might have a doctor visit you for a formal assessment.
Finally, you’ll receive a letter explaining whether your claim has been successful, how much you’ll get, and from what date.
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However, you will automatically receive a Winter Fuel Payment if you claim state benefits for pensioners such as the State Pension or Attendance Allowance.
If you’re awarded Attendance Allowance, this will last a minimum of six months, but can also be awarded indefinitely. In this case, you won’t need to renew your claim, but your eligibility will still be periodically rechecked (this often takes place on an annual basis).
Written by our team of experts and designed to help families fund later life care in England.