£434 DWP payment due if you suffer from one of 57 health conditions

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has identified 57 medical conditions that could make you eligible for a monthly payment of £434.
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People with certain health conditions are being urged to check their eligibility for a crucial support payment this month. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has identified 57 medical conditions that could make you eligible for a monthly payment of £434.

The DWP provides an attendance allowance to those with a disability severe enough to require someone else's help for care. The amount you receive depends on the level of care you need due to your disability.

If you're physically or mentally disabled, or of state pension age or older, you might qualify for this payment. Like other benefits, the attendance allowance increased in April.

Wales Online reports the government announced last November that state benefits would rise by 6.7% from April 8. To get the latest money stories delivered directly to your inbox twice a week, sign up to our newsletter here, reports Wales Online.

This means that from April 2024, if you qualify, you'll have more money in your pocket. Here's everything you need to know about the attendance allowance, including how to apply and how much you could receive.

What is attendance allowance?

Attendance allowance is a benefit provided if your disability is severe enough that you need someone to help take care of you. It's paid at two different rates, and the amount you get depends on the level of extra care you need.

Attendance allowance isn't determined by your income or savings, and it doesn't cover mobility needs. However, other benefits you receive can increase if you get attendance allowance.

The lower rate is provided if you require frequent assistance or constant supervision during the day, or supervision at night. The higher rate is allocated if you need help or supervision both day and night, or if a medical professional has indicated that your life expectancy might be less than 12 months.

In April 2024, both rates saw a 6.7% increase after the DWP adjusted most benefits in line with September's CPI inflation figure.

What health issues could make you eligible for attendance allowance?

The DWP has a list of common health problems that might mean you can get attendance allowance. They are as follows:

  • Arthritis

  • Spondylosis

  • Back pain – other/precise diagnosis not specified

  • Disease of the muscles, bones or joints

  • Trauma to limbs

  • Visual disorders and diseases

  • Hearing disorders

  • Heart disease

  • Respiratory disorders and diseases

  • Asthma

  • Cystic fibrosis

  • Cerebrovascular disease

  • Peripheral vascular disease

  • Epilepsy

  • Neurological diseases

  • Multiple sclerosis

  • Parkinson's disease

  • Motor neurone disease

  • Chronic pain syndromes

  • Diabetes mellitus

  • Metabolic disease

  • Traumatic paraplegia/tetraplegia

  • Major trauma other than traumatic paraplegia/tetraplegia

  • Learning difficulties

  • Psychosis

  • Psychoneurosis

  • Personality Disorder

  • Dementia

  • Behavioural disorder

  • Alcohol and drug abuse

  • Hyperkinetic syndrome

  • Renal disorders

  • Inflammatory bowel disease

  • Bowel and stomach disease

  • Blood disorders

  • Haemophilia

  • Multi system disorders

  • Multiple allergy syndrome

  • Skin disease

  • Malignant disease

  • Severely mentally impaired

  • Double amputee

  • Deaf/blind

  • Haemodialysis

  • Frailty

  • Total parenteral nutrition

  • AIDS

  • Infectious diseases: viral disease - Covid-19

  • Infectious diseases: viral disease - precise diagnosis not specified

  • Infectious diseases: bacterial disease – tuberculosis

  • Infectious diseases: bacterial disease – precise diagnosis not specified

  • Infectious diseases: protozoal disease – malaria

  • Infectious diseases: protozoal disease – other/precise diagnosis not specified

  • Infectious diseases - other / precise diagnosis not specified

  • Cognitive disorder - other / precise diagnosis not specified

  • Terminally Ill

  • Unknown

How can I apply for attendance allowance?

To apply for attendance allowance by post click here. You'll receive notes with a form guiding you on how to complete it.

Send the form to Freepost DWP Attendance Allowance. There's no need for a postcode or a stamp.

You can call the attendance allowance helpline to request a copy of the form in different formats, such as braille, large print or audio CD. The helpline number is 0800 731 0122 and it operates from 8am to 6pm.

Discover everything else you need to know about attendance allowance here.