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Extra benefits and help you can get while on Attendance Allowance

This advice applies to Scotland

Getting Attendance Allowance means you might also get other help.

What you get will depend on your circumstances.

Help with your council tax

You might be able to get help with your council tax by getting ‘Council Tax Reduction’ assistance if you get Attendance Allowance.  

Even if you were already getting a reduction in your council tax, you might be able to get more now that you’re getting Attendance Allowance.

Your local council can check what Council Tax Reduction you should be getting.  

You can get details on applying to your local council for Council Tax Reduction from GOV.UK.

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.

You won’t be affected by the ‘Benefit Cap‘ if you or your partner get Attendance Allowance. The benefit cap limits the amount of benefit payments a household can get.

Contact the benefit offices if you get Attendance Allowance

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

You might need to send them a copy of your Attendance Allowance decision letter.

Get travel help

You can get a Disabled Person’s Railcard if you get Attendance Allowance.

Getting Attendance Allowance might also 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 a Disabled Person's Railcard and 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 £116 a week (after taxes)

Read more about Carer's Allowance on 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

Help from other charities

You can get further information on Attendance Allowance and care needs support on the Age UK website or Telephone Helpline 0800 169 2081.

You can also find details of disability support agencies near to you on the Disability Information Scotland website.

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