BREATHE Self Help Update : 7

We have previously posted an update on Personal Independence Payment and the qualifying conditions (PIP). The qualifying ages for PIP roughly equate to ‘working age’ (including 16 -18 year olds) up to 64. Over this age, if you have a disability or illness, you may be entitled to claim Attendance Allowance if would benefit from help with personal care, such as getting washed or dressed, or supervision to keep you safe during the day or night

Although it shares some qualifying similarities to PIP and the previous Disability Living Allowance, there is a major difference in that there is only one component of Attendance allowance, paid at two weekly rates: Low rate – currently 57.30 High rate – currently 85.60

As with some disability benefits, any level of Attendance Allowance can increase your entitlement other benefits, especially Pension Credit, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefits, and health benefits, etc. It can also have an effect on the types and amounts of benefit that anyone caring for you can claim as well. One major effect is that you will no longer be subject to non – dependent deductions from your housing benefit and council tax support due to having an adult child living with you. This can be significant in relation to the overall rent you have to pay, particularly if they are working.
As with PIP, you also need to keep in mind the fact that attendance Allowance is paid for your care or supervision needs. You can get the benefit even if you live alone with no help. As long as any help or supervision is reasonably required you could still qualify for Attendance Allowance. You can order a claim form by calling the attendance Allowance Helpline on 0800 731 0122. If you need any further advice, or assistance with completing a form or how a claim can affect a carer’s options, you can contact the Breathe Project on 0121 384 2333, or on advice@new-heights.org.uk for more information