Attendance Allowance can be claimed by men and women who have reached the UK State Pension age, but only certain medical conditions could make you eligible, including arthritis and dementia.
However, an estimated 3.4 million pensioners in the UK aren’t claiming Attendance Allowance, despite being eligible for it - and this averages around £4,000 a year per person.
Here, we’ve listed every medical condition to check if you’re eligible for Attendance Allowance, along with other eligibility requirements and steps on how to apply.
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You can learn more about this benefit in our Attendance Allowance guide.
Any type of disability or illness could qualify for Attendance Allowance. This includes cognitive conditions like dementia, along with sight and hearing impairments. There are 54 different categories of medical conditions. Mobility needs aren’t covered. To be eligible, you’ll have needed help with your care for at least six months.
Some of these medical conditions can be grouped. For example, there’s a range of infectious diseases that may make you eligible, as well as various movement-limiting conditions like arthritis and back pain.
Below, we’ve included a full list of every medical condition through which you may be able to claim Attendance Allowance.
Here’s the full list of medical categories through which you can claim Attendance Allowance, provided you meet all the other requirements:
To be eligible, you’ll likely have one of the above conditions, and will also meet the criteria we’ve discussed below.
The number of different medical conditions above means a large number of people are eligible in the UK. Many people don’t claim though - or they claim the lower rate when they’re actually eligible for the higher rate.
Not being specific enough about your condition and how it affects you is one of the most common Attendance Allowance pitfalls - and the reason why many applications are rejected or wrongly categorised.
It was estimated by the National Audit Office that around £230 million was unclaimed because claimants don’t know which rate they’re eligible for.
In the simplest terms, you need to have a physical or mental disability to claim Attendance Allowance. You also need to have reached the State Pension age - 66 for men and women in the UK.
To be eligible for the lower rate (£68.10 a week), you’ll require regular help or constant supervision during the day, or some supervision at night. To be eligible for the higher rate (£101.75 a week), you’ll require help or supervision throughout the day and at night (or a medical professional has said you may have six months or less to live).
Learn more about eligibility through our detailed Attendance Allowance guide.
If you already receive Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment, you can’t receive Attendance Allowance.
By signing up for Attendance Allowance, other benefits you receive may get a boost, such as Pension Credit or Housing Benefit. You could also get a council tax reduction.
You can apply by filling in the Attendance Allowance claim form and sending this off via post.
In this form, you’ll need to provide detailed information regarding your medical condition, including any medical professionals you’ve seen about it and any relevant evidence you have, such as a doctor’s report. Before filling it in, you’ll also need your hospital record number, the name and address of your GP, and medication details.
Send the completed form to:
Freepost DWP Attendance Allowance
Using the above link, you can download, fill in and print out the claim form. Alternatively, you can print off the form and fill it in by hand.
To make a claim, you have to fill out and post the above form.
For more information or advice, you can call the Attendance Allowance helpline:
You can also contact your nearest Citizens Advice for help with filling out the form.
Similarly, organisations such as Age UK and Macmillan Cancer Support may be able to offer help with filling out the form.
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You can claim Attendance Allowance without having a formal diagnosis, though you may be medically examined before having your claim approved.
The main thing is that you’ve required help or supervision - or have had difficulties - for at least six months because of your condition. The only exception is if you’re terminally ill.
When applying, you’ll need to provide documentation such as your National Insurance number, driving licence, passport or birth certificate.
You could be eligible for Attendance Allowance if you have a form of arthritis which affects your spine and causes pain across your joints, along with limited mobility and flexibility. You may have to adjust your position every few hours as a result of this arthritis.