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Attendance Allowance is a benefit that helps with the extra costs of long-term illness or disability. It is for people aged 65 and over.

Next update due: December 2017

It is important that the person you care for claims Attendance Allowance (AA) if they qualify as it may help you claim other benefits.

If you are a carer and you have care needs you may be able to claim Attendance Allowance for yourself.

The person you care for could get help with personal care because they’re physically or mentally disabled and are aged 65 or over.

This is called Attendance Allowance. It’s paid at two different rates and how much they get depends on the level of care that they need because of their disability.

The other benefits you get can increase if you get Attendance Allowance.

How to apply for Attendance Allowance

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Phone the Attendance Allowance Service Centre: 0345 605 6055 (textphone: 0345 604 5312) to ask for a claim pack. You can also download form AA1A from
If you live in Northern Ireland find out more about Attendance Allowance on nidirect.
If you need help completing the claim form, contact your local carer service. You could also contact Citizens Advice