State Pension payments are made to Britons of an eligible age who have built up enough National Insurance contributions throughout their lifetime. For this reason, the amount of state pension a person receives is likely to vary dependent on their life circumstances. While the full state pension sum currently stands at £175.20, there are some who will not be receiving this amount for the very reason mentioned above.
The key issue with Attendance Allowance is how much joint pain and any other conditions a person may have affects them.
For this reason Attendance Allowance is split into two separate rate, depending on the level of help someone requires.
The lower rate of Attendance Allowance is £59.70 per week, and available to those who need frequent help or constant supervision during the day, or alternatively supervision at night.
The higher rate of Attendance Allowance, however, is currently set at a weekly sum of £89.15.
A person must have reached state pension age to receive Attendance Allowance, and the following must apply:
- A person must have a physical or mental disability or both
- A person’s disability must be severe enough for them to need help caring for themselves, or supervision
- The help must have been required for at least six months, unless the person is terminally ill
Individuals must be in Great Britain when making the claim in most circumstances, and also be “habitually resident” in the UK, Ireland, Isle of Man or Channel Islands.
Some living in the EU or a European Economic Area (EEA) may also be able to claim Attendance Allowance but will need to seek further guidance on the Government’s website.
Making a claim for Attendance Allowance is intended to be a quick and easy process for Britons to follow.
Eligible people should use the Attendance Allowance claim form to apply by post, which includes guidance on how to fill the form in.
This form can also be requested in alternative formats such as braille, audio CD or in large print if required.
The sum can be backdated to the date a person makes a claim, either when the form is received or the date the enquiry line is called.