Attendance Allowance (AA)
If you are over 65 and you need help looking after yourself, you may qualify for Attendance Allowance. There are two rates, higher and lower, depending on the care you need. AA is not means tested and is tax free.
Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
You can only make a new claim for Disability Living Allowance (DLA) if you’re claiming for a child under 16 - this is known as DLA for children.
Anyone aged 16-64 must apply for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) instead of DLA.
PIP is gradually replacing DLA for people aged 16 to 64, even for those with an indefinite or lifetime DLA award. If you were 65 or over on 8 April 2013 you can continue to get DLA if you’re eligible.
Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
Personal Independence Payment (PIP) helps with some of the extra costs caused by long-term ill-health or a disability if you’re aged 16 to 64.
You can get PIP whether or not you work. PIP has two components:
A daily living component – for help participating in everyday life;
A mobility component – for help with getting around.
You can be paid either the daily living component or the mobility component on its own, or both components at the same time.
Each component is paid at two different levels: a ‘standard rate’ and an ‘enhanced rate’. The rate you are paid depends on whether your ability to carry out daily living or mobility activities is ‘limited’ or ‘severely limited’. This is tested under the PIP assessment
You can check how Personal Independence Payment (PIP) affects you using the PIP checker at www.gov.uk/pip-checker
If you have any queries about AA, DLA or PIP and the rate at which they are paid, then phone the following helplines:
Disability Living Allowance (DLA) Tel: 0345 712 3456
Attendance Allowance (AA) Tel: 0345 605 6055
Personal Independence Payment (PIP) Tel: 0345 850 3322
Employment Support Allowance
If you’re ill or disabled and under State Pension age, Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) offers you financial support if you’re unable to work, and personalised help so that you can work if you’re able to. You can apply for ESA if you’re employed, self-employed or unemployed, or a student on Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment.
You might be transferred to ESA if you’ve been claiming other benefits like Income Support or Incapacity Benefit. You must go to a Work Capability Assessment while your ESA claim is being assessed. This is to see to what extent your illness or disability affects your ability to work.
You’ll then be placed in 1 of 2 groups if you’re entitled to ESA:
You can make a claim to ESA by filling in and print out the (ESA1) form available at www.direct.gov and taking it to your local Jobcentre Plus office, or over the phone:
Tel: 0800 055 6688
Textphone: 0800 023 4888