Attendance Allowance is a benefit for people who have reached State Pension age who have a physical or mental disability which means they need care or supervision.
It is tax free and is not means-tested, so you can apply regardless of how much income or savings you have. If you already receive Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment or Adult Disability Payment when you reach 66 they will continue so you will not need to claim Attendance Allowance.
To qualify for Attendance Allowance you need to show that you need help with your personal care needs, such as getting washed and dressed, or supervision to keep you safe. You do not have to have a carer, you just need to explain why you need help and support. If you have a carer they may be entitled to Carer’s Allowance if your Attendance Allowance claim is successful.
You can decide to spend the money you receive on anything you wish; you do not have to spend the money on paying for care. It is important to explain on the claim form how your disability or long term health condition affects you day to day.
You must have needed care for 6 months before your award can begin but you can make your claim earlier. If you are terminally ill, there is no qualifying period.
Attendance Allowance has 2 rates: The daily living component rate is £68.10 standard and £101.75 enhanced. The mobility component is £26.90 standard and £71.00 enhanced.
To claim Attendance Allowance contact the Attendance Allowance helpline on 0800 731 0122 or visit www.gov.uk/attendance-allowance. You can also contact our Welfare Rights Officer, Hailie Johnston on 0131 370 7457 or at firstname.lastname@example.org to assist you with making an application.
For more information on Attendance Allowance, click here to watch a video from Age Scotland or visit the following website: Constant Attendance Allowance: Overview – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Adult Disability Payment and Personal Independence Payment
The Scottish Government’s next benefit, Adult Disability Payment (ADP), is open for new applications from 29 August 2022. This new payment, to be administered by Social Security Scotland, will replace Personal Independence Payment (PIP), which is currently delivered by the UK Government’s Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
Adults of working age (16-66) with a disability or health condition, who are not already receiving Personal Independence Payment (PIP) or Disability Living Allowance (DLA) should now apply for the Adult Disability Payment (ADP) going forward.
Individuals already receiving PIP or DLA do not need to apply for Adult Disability Payment. Their awards will be transferred automatically to the new Scottish system from August 2022, with no break in entitlement or payment.
If you’d like to apply for Adult Disability benefit you can do this online at www.mygov.scot/adult-disability-payment . You can also contact our Welfare Rights Officer, Hailie Johnston on 0131 370 7457 or at email@example.com to assist you with making an application.
Child Disability Payment and Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for Children
Child Disability Payment (CDP) replaces Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for children and young people living in Scotland. You can apply for Child Disability Payment for a disabled child under 16. The disability can be mental or physical. You can also apply for Child Disability Payment if the disabled child does not have a diagnosis.
If you’d like to apply for Child Disability benefit you can do this online at www.mygov.scot/child-disability-payment. You can also contact our Welfare Rights Officer, Hailie Johnston on 0131 370 7457 or at firstname.lastname@example.org to assist you with making an application.
Armed Forces Independence Payment
Service personnel and veterans awarded a Guaranteed Income Payment of 50% or more under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme are eligible for Armed Forces Independence Payment. This is an alternative to Personal Independence Payment (PIP) or Adult Disability Payment (ADP) as you cannot receive both.
For more information please visit: Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP) – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Constant Attendance Allowance
If you receive a War Disablement Pension and your disablement is 80% or more, you may be entitled to Constant Attendance Allowance. If you already receive Attendance Allowance, Disability Living Allowance (care component) or Personal Independence Payment or Adult Disability Payment (daily living component), they will be reduced by the amount of any Constant Attendance Allowance you are awarded.
Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit is for people who have been injured in an accident at work or have an industrial disease. You can claim it if you are an employee but not if you are self-employed. The level of disability caused by your accident or industrial disease will be assessed by a Department for Work and Pensions doctor and expressed as a percentage.
You usually have to be assessed as at least 14% disabled to receive any payment. The rate of weekly benefit varies from £41.52 to £207.60 depending on the level of disablement. Industrial Injuries benefits are paid on top of other benefits such as contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance and Carer’s Allowance but they are taken into account as income when calculating means-tested benefits. Industrial Injuries Benefits are not taxable and do not depend on National Insurance contributions.
For more information please visit: Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit: Overview – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)