How to claim

Use the Attendance Allowance claim form to apply by post. The form comes with notes telling you how to fill it in.

Send the completed form to:

Freepost DWP Attendance Allowance

You do not need a postcode or a stamp.

Call the Attendance Allowance helpline to ask for:

  • a copy of the form
  • alternative formats, such as braille, large print or audio CD

Attendance Allowance helpline
Telephone: 0800 731 0122
Textphone: 0800 731 0317
Relay UK (if you cannot hear or speak on the phone): 18001 then 0800 731 0122
Video relay service for British Sign Language (BSL) users - check you can use this service
Monday to Friday, 8am to 3:30pm
Find out about call charges

Backdating your claim

Attendance Allowance can be backdated to the date of your claim. This is usually the date your form is received or the date you call the enquiry line (if you then return the claim pack within 6 weeks).

If you’re terminally ill (‘special rules’)

There are ‘special rules’ so you get Attendance Allowance more quickly if you’re not expected to live more than 6 months. You must:

  • complete an Attendance Allowance form
  • ask a doctor or other healthcare professional for form DS1500 - they’ll either fill it in and give the form to you or send it directly to DWP

You can do this on behalf of someone else without their permission. The letter about the money awarded will not mention ‘special rules’.

If you disagree with a decision

You can challenge a decision about your claim. This is called asking for mandatory reconsideration.


You can complain to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) if you’re unhappy with the service you’ve received.