Many state pensioners are unaware that they may be entitled to attendance allowance. This is a payment for people over retirement age who live with a disability or health problem.
The benefit is designed to help cover additional costs if someone needs someone to look after them.
Individuals are not required to have a caregiver, but payment could provide significant support.
One condition that could make someone eligible for this type of help is diabetes.
It is believed that more than 4.9 million people in the UK currently have diabetes, according to the organization Diabetes UK.
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This is because it can have a “substantial, long-term negative impact” on a person’s daily life and ability to carry out activities.
Along the same lines, many people with type 2 diabetes may also fit this definition.
For an Attendance Allowance payment to be issued, the condition will have to impact a person’s life.
Some people with diabetes will need care to help them with tasks such as personal hygiene or supervision for safety and health reasons.
Attendance Allowance is paid weekly at two different rates, and the rate a person receives depends on the level of assistance they need.
For this reason, individuals should report any change in circumstances to the DWP.
However, the standard amount of Attendance Allowance may not be all the support a person can receive.
Those who are eligible could get help with an additional pension credit, housing allowance or council tax reduction.
For more information, individuals should check with the helpline or office handling their benefit.
Britons will need to use the Attendant’s Allowance application form to apply by post.
The document comes with notes telling a person how to complete it.
Payment can be backdated to the date of a claim, which is usually the date the form is received, or the date the inquiry line is called, provided the claim package is returned within six weeks.