The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is offering free money to Brits – so are you eligible?
Millions of Brits could be entitled to claim £400 a month if they have one of these 56 medical conditions or disabilities. Attendance Allowance is a benefit for those over State Pension age (66 years).
Attendance Allowance has been described as one of the DWP's most under-claimed benefits with around 3.4million people in the UK missing out.
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The DWP offers claimants up to £441 each month depending on the severity of their situation. For 2023/24, the rates are higher at £101.75 per week and lower at £68.10 per week.
More than 1.4million older people were receiving additional financial support by the end of November 2022. There is no set condition to make you eligible for Attendance Allowance as it depends on your day-to-day life.
According to DWP data, there are 56 health conditions and disabilities which people commonly claim for and these include:
- Back Pain Other / Precise Diagnosis not Specified
- Disease of The Muscles, Bones or Joints
- Trauma to Limbs
- Heart disease
- Chest disease
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Cerebrovascular Disease
- Peripheral vascular Disease
- Neurological Diseases
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson's Disease
- Motor Neurone Disease
- Chronic Pain Syndromes
- Diabetes Mellitus
- Metabolic Disease
- Traumatic Paraplegia/Tetraplegia
- Major Trauma Other than Traumatic Paraplegia/Tetraplegia
- Learning Difficulties
- Personality Disorder
- Behavioural Disorder
- Alcohol and Drug Abuse
- Hyperkinetic syndrome
- Renal Disorders
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Bowel and Stomach Disease
- Blood Disorders
- Multi System Disorders
- Multiple Allergy Syndrome
- Skin Disease
- Malignant Disease
- Severely Mentally impaired
- Double Amputee
- Total Parenteral Nutrition
- Infectious diseases: Viral disease – Coronavirus COVID-19
- Infectious diseases: Viral disease – precise diagnosis not specified
- Infectious diseases: Bacterial disease Tuberculosis
- Infectious diseases: Bacterial disease precise diagnosis not specified
- Infectious diseases: Protozoal disease Malaria
- Infectious diseases: Protozoal disease other / precise diagnosis not specified
- Infectious diseases – other/precise diagnosis not specified
- Cognitive disorder – other / precise diagnosis not specified
- Terminal Illness
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If you are terminally ill and not expected to live more than 12 months, then you will be able to claim. There is also a quicker application process for terminally ill people and you should receive a decision within two weeks.
You won't be able to claim Attendance Allowance if you already receive Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Adult Payment (ADP), or the care component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA).
Although if you do claim, then it will not affect any other benefits you get. To claim, you'll need to fill out an Attendance Allowance form and can access one by calling 0800 731 0122 or visiting the GOV.UK website.
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