Claiming attendance allowance
Attendance Allowance is a tax-free benefit available to those over the age of 65 who require some form of assistance undertaking various activities of daily living.
22nd August 2022
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Lockdown made us all slow down, whether we wanted to or not, giving us something that is generally in short supply – “time”.
For some the additional time was welcome, but for others, lockdown marked the end of a much needed “lifeline” – visiting a community group or a club ceased and even the daily trip to the corner shop dramatically changed overnight.
Whilst those days are now thankfully behind us, many have been unable to return to their much-loved activities which for some has had a detrimental effect on physical and mental health.
You may well have noticed a general deterioration in some of your own family members in recent times and there is often a fear that any visible indication of not being able to cope will result in a loss of independence.
We regularly help people to claim Attendance Allowance – a tax-free benefit available to those over the age of 65 who require some form of assistance undertaking various activities of daily living. This benefit is designed to enable claimants to live independently and is also available to those self-funding in a care setting.
Many of our clients have never claimed a ‘benefit’ in their life and often have no idea that any support is available to them so are pleasantly surprised at the prospect of some additional income available when they need it most.
Attendance Allowance is assessed against the individual. They do not need to be in receipt of any direct care in the home, but may have a ‘support network’ of family, friends and neighbours ‘keeping an eye out’ for them. This benefit can be a most welcome boost particularly in these challenging financial times.
If successful, Attendance Allowance can secure either £61.85 (at the lower rate) or £92.40 (at the higher rate) per week, tax-free (£3,216.20 or £4,804.80 per annum). There is no stipulation on how this benefit is spent and it is backdated to the date of the application.
The additional money generated can be used to pay for anything – a taxi, gardener or cleaner, whatever enables the claimant to enjoy and maintain an independent life providing much needed financial freedom.