Attendance Allowance

What you'll get

Attendance Allowance is paid weekly at 2 different rates - the one you get depends on the level of help you need.

Attendance Allowance rates

Rate Level of help you need
Lower rate - £59.70 Frequent help or constant supervision during the day, or supervision at night
Higher rate - £89.15 Help or supervision throughout both day and night, or you’re terminally ill

You could get extra Pension Credit, Housing Benefit or Council Tax Reduction if you get Attendance Allowance - check with the helpline or office dealing with your benefit.

How you’re paid

All benefits, pensions and allowances are paid into an account, such as your bank account.

Changes of circumstances

Your circumstances can affect how much you get, for example, moving between the lower and higher rates. You must contact the Attendance Allowance helpline if your circumstances change. For example:

  • the level of help you need or your condition changes
  • you go into hospital or a care home
  • you go abroad for more than 4 weeks
  • you’re imprisoned or held in detention

You must also contact the helpline if:

  • you change your name, address or bank details
  • you want to stop receiving your benefit
  • your doctor’s details change

You could get a £50 civil penalty and have to repay overpaid benefits if you do not report changes and are overpaid as a result.

Attendance Allowance is not means-tested: what you earn or how much you have in savings will not affect what you get.