Attendance Allowance: 6 myths keeping millions of pensioners from claiming up to £370 a month | Personal finance | Finance

Pensioners are the group of Britons most likely to miss out on Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) benefits, according to Age UK. As the cost of living crisis continues, pensioners are urged to see what they are entitled to, as figures show £15billion is lost each year in unclaimed benefits in the UK.

Attendance Allowance is paid by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to pensioners who have problems bathing, transporting or taking medication.

However, some pensioners say the process of applying for DWP benefits like Attendance Allowance is too complicated and prevents them from applying.

Many people do not receive regular Attendance Allowance payments because they mistakenly believe they will not qualify for the additional benefit or are discouraged by the application process.

Successful applicants could receive £61.85 or £92.40 per week, depending on the level of care required due to their condition.

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Payment is made every four weeks and amounts to £247.40 and £369.60 per month.

Age UK has dispelled some common myths about the Attendant Allowance in the hope of encouraging more pensioners to check if they are eligible, as any extra money could be vital for some households this winter.

1 “My claim has been denied”
People’s circumstances may have changed since the last time they applied, especially if it was a long time ago.

If their care needs have increased, they may find that they now qualify.


4 “I don’t want a carer to come”
People do not have to spend the assistance allowance for a carer.

Many seniors spend it on other types of home help or on equipment that helps them stay independent.

5 “I Don’t Have A Caregiver”
Applicants do not need to have a caregiver or someone looking after them.

They qualify based on the help they need, not the help they actually receive.

6 “The complaint form is too long”
People can ask their local Age UK if they can help them complete it.

Britons can call Age UK Advice free of charge on 0800 678 1602 or visit the nearest Age UK.

There are two different amounts people can receive, and it depends on the care they need, not the disability.

The lowest rate, £61.85 per week, is given if a person needs help or supervision during the day or night. The highest rate, £92.40, is given if a person needs help during the day and night, or is terminally ill. Overall, people have the option to claim up to £370 per month.

Experts advise that when filling out the form, applicants should remember to clearly write down what help they need and don’t need.

Applicants must have a disability or medical condition, but must have struggled for at least six months unless seriously ill. They should not expect the person making the decision to know about their condition.