If someone is already receiving PIP when they get to the state pension age, they will continue to receive the payment. Claimants of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) will also be invited to receive PIP once they reach the state pension age. However, if pensioners have never received any of the above benefits and are in need of additional support, they will be able to apply for Attendance Allowance instead.
Attendance Allowance is a benefit payment which goes towards the extra costs which arise from having a severe disability or illness.
Specifically, this benefit payment is awarded to people who need assistance in order to remain independent within their own home.
It is currently paid at two different rates, with how much someone gets depending on the level of care they need because of their disability.
Mental disabilities eligible for support can include learning difficulties, while physical disabilities may include people with sensory impairments, such as blindness.
Claimants need to have needed assistance for at least six months before even thinking of starting an application.
On top of this, potential claimants of Attendance Allowance do not need to have someone caring for them in order to put forward a claim.
However, Attendance Allowance with carers should encourage them to apply for Carer’s Allowance to receive additional support if needed.
No coverage for mobility needs is provided via Attendance Allowance, but other benefit payments from the DWP could be increased by getting it.
According to the latest figures from the DWP, there were around 1.4million Britons claiming Attendance Allowance, which is worth £358.40 a month.
Some 60 percent of the benefit’s claimants were aged 80 or over, with the majority being women.
Around 30 percent of recipients received Attendance Allowance to help with their arthritis, while eight percent got the benefit to assist with dementia-related symptoms.
As well as this, an estimated 54,428 people receive support from Attendance Allowance to deal with issues relating to back pain.
How much is Attendance Allowance?
Claimants are able to get either £60 or £89.60 a week through the benefit payment to help with any additional care costs.
The lower rate is given to people who need constant supervision during the day or regular supervision at night.
In comparison, the higher rate is given to claimants who are terminally ill or need assistance throughout both day and night.
These payments are available for people who are either mentally or physically disabled, or over the state pension age.
Furthermore, Attendance Allowance is not means-tested, which means how much someone earns or has in savings will not affect their payments.
All benefit payments by the DWP are sent directly to the bank, building society or credit union accounts of claimants.
How to apply for Attendance Allowance?
Future claimants can start the application process by printing an Attendance Allowance claim form.
The form, which includes pointers of how to fill it in, should be sent to the address: ‘Freepost DWP Attendance Allowance’.