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Attendance allowance is a tax free benefit for people aged 65 and over who are physically or mentally disabled and need help with personal care or supervision to remain safe.   Attendance allowance is not means tested and can be paid in addition to almost any other benefit.   However it may be taken into account when being means tested in respect of local authority services.

To qualify you must have been in need of care for six months before your award can begin, but you can make your claim before the six months have passed.  Attendance allowance has two rates, a lower and a higher one:  the higher rate is for people who need help day and night and the lower rate is if you only need help during the day or during the night.

To claim Attendance Allowance you need to contact the Department of Work and Pensions, Benefit Enquiry Line 0800 882 200.