Attendance allowance

Attendance Allowance is a benefit that provides financial support to people over state pension age, who need assistance with personal care or supervision because of a long term health condition, illness or disability.

Attendance Allowance is a non-means tested benefit and so your savings or income will not be taken into account. Attendance Allowance should not reduce any other income you may have. The purpose of Attendance Allowance is to help with the additional costs of living with a disability or long term health condition, to meet your needs and to promote independence. 


You can apply for Attendance Allowance if you meet the following criteria: 

  • You are over state pension age.  
  • You require assistance with personal care during the day and/or during the night (washing, eating, dressing, etc.) 
  • You need supervision to ensure you don’t cause yourself harm 
  • You are a resident of the UK 
  • You have a physical or mental disability 
  • You have needed assistance for at least 6 months. 

If someone is not expected to live for more than 6 months, there are ‘special rules’ which apply. 

Please note: You do not need to have a carer to receive Attendance Allowance 


There are two different rates of payment based on how much support you need: 

  • Lower = £60 – if you need help or supervision throughout the day or at night 
  • Higher = £89.60 – if you need help or supervision during the day and also at night

The length of your award depends on how long a decision maker from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) thinks your condition will persist. It is important that you provide the DWP with supporting evidence explaining in detail how your neuromuscular condition affects you. We recommend asking your medical professionals to write a letter to the DWP. The advocacy team at Muscular Dystrophy UK can also help with this. 

You can apply for Attendance Allowance through the Direct Gov website