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State pension: New DWP guidance may make it easier to claim extra £386 per month

State pension age Britons are looking for extra support in many cases to help them through retirement. In particular, those who are not receiving the full state pension sum are likely to want an additional cash boost. That is why understanding the support available to people of this age is so essential.

Some pensioners may be able to receive support financially through a payment known as Attendance Allowance.

Specifically reserved for those of state pension age, the sum helps with extra costs for those with conditions which require support.

The payment could assist with things such as living expenses, and keeping a person independent within their home.

However, while the payment is available, many people are not claiming, or simply unaware of it altogether.

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The Department has also created an interactive, downloadable application form for Attendance Allowance. 

It can be downloaded, filled in on screen, and saved as a person goes along, so they do not have to complete it in one sitting.

Britons can then print out the form and send it in the post for free to the DWP.

There is also an updated online booklet with 12 pages of information to guide people in filling out the form. 

The hope is that more people will be encouraged to apply for this support due to an easier process.

Attendance Allowance is currently paid at two different rates, with how much a person gets dependent on the level of care they require.

The lower rate is £60.00 weekly, and reserved for those who need frequent help or constant supervision during the day, or supervision at night.

A higher rate of £89.60 per week is intended for those who need help or supervision throughout both day and night, as well as the terminally ill.

Consequently, those on the higher rate of Attendance Allowance could get approximately £358 per month to help with their needs.

The payment is not means-tested, meaning what a person earns or their savings does not impact what they get.

Attendance Allowance is issued into a person’s bank, building society or credit union account. 

Those who claim may also be able to get other support such as extra Pension Credit, Housing Benefit or Council Tax Reduction. 

They should check with the helpline or the office dealing with their benefit to confirm this.


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