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Extra benefits and help you can get while on Attendance Allowance

This advice applies to Northern Ireland

Getting Attendance Allowance means you might also get other help.

What you get will depend on your circumstances.

Help with your rates

Even if you are already getting a Rate Rebate, you might be able to get more now that you’re getting Attendance Allowance.

If you have adapted your home, you could get a reduction in your rates bill.

Read more about rates reduction help if you have adapted your home - Disabled Person’s Allowance

Check if you can get higher benefit payments

Your other benefits or tax credits can increase if you get Attendance Allowance.

For example you might get extra money if you get:

  • Pension Credit
  • Housing Benefit

It’s always best to get advice about what extra help you’re entitled to. Contact your nearest Citizens Advice  for help.

If you have a partner who is of working age and you get Attendance Allowance you won’t be affected by the ‘Benefit Cap‘. The benefit cap limits the amount of benefit payments a household of working age can get.

Contact the benefit offices if you get Attendance Allowance

If you get Attendance Allowance contact all the benefit offices dealing with your other benefits and tell them. This will ensure that they assess what other help you might be able to get.

Help with parking

Getting Attendance Allowance might help to support your application for a Blue Badge. A blue badge allows you to park closer to where you need to go if you’re disabled.

Read more about the Blue Badge.

Help your carer might get - Carer’s Allowance

If someone looks after you they might be able to claim Carer’s Allowance if you get Attendance Allowance. Carer’s Allowance is paid to your carer.

Your carer might get Carer’s Allowance if:

  • you get any rate of Attendance Allowance

  • they  spend at least 35 hours a week caring for you

  • they earn less than £110 a week (after taxes)

Read more about Carer's Allowance on nidirect.gov.uk.

You might not be entitled to get higher payments of your other benefits if someone gets paid Carer’s Allowance for looking after you. Contact your nearest Citizens Advice for help.

Help from other Charities

You can get further information on Attendance Allowance and care needs support on the Age NI website.

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