Cash boost for pensioners in need of extra support

Thursday 16 May 2024

Pension-age residents could benefit from increased monthly payments of up to £5,644 a year.

The payment, known as Attendance Allowance supports residents with additional costs relating to a disability or health condition affecting their daily living.

The payment is sent directly by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP). How much you get depends on the level of care you need.

You can get Attendance Allowance if:

  • You have a disability or illness, including mental and physical disabilities and
  • Your condition means, that for at least six months, you need extra support or supervision for things like personal care, getting dressed and getting out of bed, support during the day or at times during the night

A council spokesperson said: “Our goal is to ensure our residents stay healthy and independent in later life, while also having access to the right financial support to help them when they need it.

“If you or someone you know could be entitled to get an Attendance Allowance, make sure they contact the DWP or the Council to boost their income. Those already claiming Attendance Allowance will see this change in their monthly payments without having to do anything.”

How much will you get?

Attendance Allowance is paid at two different rates. The payment depends on the level of care you need. It is normally paid every four weeks. From April 2024, the rates are:

  • Lower rate of £72.65 per week
  • Higher rate of £108.55 per week

You could also get extra Pension Credit, Housing Benefit or Council Tax Reduction if you get Attendance Allowance. You also do not have to have someone caring for you in order to claim.

How do I apply?

You can apply for Attendance Allowance by ringing the free Attendance Allowance helpline on 0800 731 0122 and requesting a claim form.

Need support?

Need support to understand eligibility or want to know if you’re receiving all the benefits you’re entitled to? Contact our Welfare Rights team at 020 8921 6375 on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 10am to 1pm.

You can also use our contact form: royalgreenwich.gov.uk/contactwelfare

Find a range of support available from the council, local charities, and community groups: royalgreenwich.gov.uk/greenwich-supports