State Pension is a sum of money given to those of eligible age to assist them in their retirement. The State Pension age was previously set at 60 for women, and 65 for men, however, it has risen in recent years in a process known as equalisation. In November 2018, State Pension age reached 65 for both men and women, and the age is rising to 66 this year, ahead of further increases in the future.
The lower rate of Attendance Allowance is set at £59.70, and is available for those who need “frequent help or constant supervision during the day, or supervision at night”.
The higher rate of Attendance Allowance, though, provides a payout of £89.15.
This rate is available for those who need help or supervision throughout both the day and night, or those who are terminally ill.
A claim for Attendance Allowance could also help Britons access other forms of financial support.
People could also receive extra Pension Credit, Housing Benefit, or a Council Tax Reduction if claiming Attendance Allowance.
In this instance, individuals are urged to check with the helpline or the office dealing with their benefit to find out more.
To be eligible for Attendance Allowance, there are a number of criteria which should apply.
A person should have a physical or mental disability, or both, with their disability severe enough for them to need help caring for themselves.
Someone may also need to supervise the individual claiming for their safety.
The help must also have been required for at least six months, unless a person is terminally ill.
The government website explains the following criteria must also apply:
- A person must be in Great Britain when they claim – there are some exceptions, such as members and family members of the armed forces
- A person must have been in Great Britain for at least two of the last three years (unless they are a refugee or have humanitarian protection status)
- A person must be resident in the UK, Ireland, Isle of Man or the Channel Islands
- A person must not be subject to immigration control (unless they are a sponsored immigrant)
Attendance Allowance is not means tested, and so it does not matter if a person has other forms of income, or savings.
Furthermore, Attendance Allowance is also tax free, and exempt from the benefit cap.
This is good news for those who do not want any other benefits to be affected by a claim.