Martin Lewis reveals who is eligible for Attendance Allowance
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Attendance Allowance is a benefit which is awarded to people over the state pension age who have a medical condition or disability which affects their daily life. There is a strict list of criteria that state pensioners need to meet in order to claim the support and if any changes occur, they must be reported to the DWP as it could change their eligibility for the benefit.
A statement on the DWP website reads: “You could be taken to court or have to pay a penalty if you give wrong information or do not report a change in your circumstances.”
This is because some changes could mean the amount a person can get from Attendance Allowance could go up or down.
The benefit is paid at two different rates every four weeks and the amount someone gets depends on the level of care they need.
Pensioners could receive £61.85 if they need help during the day or at night and if someone needs help during the day and night they could receive £92.40.
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This works out at £247.40 and £369.60 respectively each month.
On its website, the DWP lists eight changes in circumstances which must be reported.
Claimants must report if the level of help they need or their condition changes. When people report this change they must provide details such as if the amount of times they need help each day has changed.
If someone goes into a hospital or care home then they will need to report it and provide the address, the dates they’ve been there for, and how their stay is paid for.
This is important as care home residents usually are not entitled to claim Attendance Allowance as their care is typically paid for by their local authority.
However, people can still claim if they pay for all their own care home costs.
Also according to DWP benefit rules, some benefit payments are paused when someone spends more than 28 days in hospital in one month.
If people decide to leave the country for more than four weeks then they must also notify the DWP of this, they must also report if they have to go to prison.
If details such as names, addresses, bank details, doctor’s information or immigration status change then DWP will need to know.
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Finally, if someone would like to stop receiving their benefit they will need to contact the DWP to inform them.
If a person fails to report a change or mistake on their Attendance Allowance claim they could be paid too much and have to pay some of it back and they could have to pay a penalty fine of £50.
To report any changes, people can contact the Attendance Allowance helpline on 0800 731 0122.
The DWP has warned that the helpline will be closed from Monday, December 26 to Wednesday, December 28 and Monday 2 January 2023, and people should contact the department before these dates if they need to report something urgent.
The DWP has urged Britons to check what they could claim during the cost of living crisis and people should consider applying for Attendance Allowance if they have difficulties with personal tasks.
The DWP says this could be whether simple tasks take someone a long time, someone experiences pain or people need physical help, like a chair to lean on.
The DWP also reiterates that Attendance Allowance is not just for people with a physical disability or illness and people should also consider claiming if they have a mental health condition, learning difficulties, or a sensory condition such as being deaf or blind.
The official criteria for claiming and the Attendance Allowance claim forms can be requested by either calling the helpline or downloading the form from the Government website.
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