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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. If eligible, you’ll be able to claim £101.75 or £68.10 per week for the 2023/24 tax year, depending on how much help you need.
You can claim Attendance Allowance for 57 different medical conditions. Some of these conditions include chronic pain, mobility issues, visual or hearing impairments, neurological disorders and cognitive disorders (such as a form of dementia like Alzheimer's).
Below, we've listed every health condition that you might claim Attendance Allowance for - and shared the steps on how to make a claim.
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You can learn more about this benefit in our Attendance Allowance guide.
There are 57 medical conditions that qualify for Attendance Allowance, covering a wide range of disabilities and illnesses. These can be grouped into different categories, such as:
Here are the 57 medical conditions you can claim Attendance Allowance for - provided you meet all other requirements - along with the number of people who already claim the benefit through this particular condition (as of November 2022):
|Medical Condition||How Many People Have Claimed For It? (As of November 2022)||Percentage of all Claims|
|Respiratory disorders and diseases||89,789||5.68%|
|Disease of the muscles, bones or joints||77,326||4.89%|
|Back pain - other / precise diagnosis not specified||64,449||4.07%|
|Visual disorders and diseases||48,909||3.09%|
|Cognitive disorder - other / precise diagnosis not specified||21,538||1.36%|
|Trauma to limbs||19,277||1.22%|
|Peripheral vascular disease||6,983||0.44%|
|Bowel and stomach disease||5,899||0.37%|
|Chronic pain syndromes||4,496||0.28%|
|Alcohol and drug abuse||2,114||0.13%|
|Inflammatory bowel disease||1,964||0.12%|
|Major trauma other than traumatic paraplegia/tetraplegia||1,854||0.12%|
|Infectious diseases: Viral disease - Coronavirus covid-19||842||0.053%|
|Motor neurone disease||747||0.047%|
|Infectious diseases - other / precise diagnosis not specified||132||0.0083%|
|Infectious diseases: Bacterial disease - tuberculosis||129||0.0082%|
|Multiple allergy syndrome||65||0.0041%|
|Infectious diseases: Viral disease - precise diagnosis not specified||47||0.0029%|
|Infectious diseases: Bacterial disease - precise diagnosis not specified||45||0.0028%|
|Severely mentally impaired||N/A||N/A|
|Total parenteral nutrition||N/A||N/A|
|Infectious diseases: Protozoal disease - malaria||N/A||N/A|
|Infectious diseases: Protozoal disease - other / precise diagnosis not specified||N/A||N/A|
Source: Stat-Xplore - AA Cases with entitlement - Data from May 2018 to November 2022
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 for this pensioner benefit in the UK. According to the DWP, just over 1,500,000 in the UK currently claim it. Many people don’t claim though - or they claim the lower rate when they’re actually eligible for the higher rate (there are two different Attendance Allowance rates).
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 or illness 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). You'll have needed help for at least six months.
Learn more about eligibility through our detailed Attendance Allowance guide.
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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There are no conditions that automatically qualify you for Attendance Allowance. Instead, you need to have required care or supervision for at least six months because of this condition or disability. You can also apply without your condition being formally diagnosed.
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 don’t need a doctor’s letter or a precise diagnosis to apply for and claim Attendance Allowance. What’s important is that you’ve experienced difficulties or required assistance for at least six months because of your condition.
However, when applying, being able to provide evidence such as a doctor’s letter may make your claim more likely to be approved.
Question 44 on the Attendance Allowance claim form is used to tell the assessors anything else you think they should know. In this space, you should mention any important details that you weren’t able to mention elsewhere. Providing all relevant information will give your claim a better chance of being approved.
You may be eligible for Attendance Allowance if you have a form of arthritis - such as osteoarthritis - 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 because of this arthritis. You might also be eligible if you experience pain in your back, muscles or elsewhere.
Written by our team of experts and designed to help families fund later life care in England.