Backdating attendance allowance
Watch our video for a quick guide to Attendance Allowance rules and rates.
No, it’s non-taxable, which means it doesn’t need to be considered for tax purposes.
But only if you apply within 3 months of the date on the decision letter to award the benefit.
This date will be on the decision letter of the person you provide care for.
It isn't means tested and is available to anyone needing care at home or in a care home, as long as they meet the eligibility criteria.
It’s intended for: The allowance is usually paid every four weeks.
It’s worth noting that this is a long form and will take some time to fill in.
The interactive claim form means that you can fill it in online.
If the person you provide care for got their decision letter for 1 of the following benefits in the last 3 months, you can backdate your Carer's Allowance to the start date in the letter: Personal Independence Payment, Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance, Constant Attendance Allowance or Armed Forces Independence Payment If the benefit has been backdated for more than 3 months, you can use that date for your Carer's Allowance application.
Despite its reputation of being difficult to fill in, there’s lots of guidance on the form and plenty of examples of the information the DWP is looking for.
We also provide you with tips for filling in the form.
Receiving Attendance Allowance won’t negatively impact on any other benefits you claim.
In fact, you may receive more from other benefits due to being eligible for Attendance Allowance.
Attendance Allowance helps with extra costs if you have a disability severe enough that you need someone to help look after you.