DWP Attendance Allowance benefit for people with heart conditions - how to claim £434 a month

Attendance Allowance supports a wide range of health conditions, with over 110,600 recipients receiving payments to help manage heart-related issues
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The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has released new figures showing that over 1.5 million people above the State Pension age are currently receiving regular financial aid for health conditions through Attendance Allowance, including 136,252 residing in Scotland. The benefit, which is either £72.65 or £108.55 per week - equating to £290.60 or £434.20 every four weeks - is intended to assist older individuals with additional daily living costs, enabling them to remain in their own homes for a longer period.

Attendance Allowance from the DWP supports a wide range of health conditions, with over 110,600 recipients receiving payments to help manage heart-related issues such as angina, coronary heart disease, arrhythmia, and high blood pressure. In Scotland, the most prevalent heart condition is coronary heart disease.

Coronary heart disease occurs when the heart's blood vessels, known as the coronary arteries, become narrowed or blocked, preventing sufficient blood supply to the heart. This can lead to conditions like angina and potentially result in a heart attack.

Angina, another common condition, is characterised by chest pain due to reduced blood flow to the heart muscles. While it's not typically life-threatening, it serves as a warning sign of potential risk for a heart attack or stroke.

It's estimated that there are 96,000 new cases of angina each year, with around two million people in the UK now diagnosed with the condition, reports the Daily Record. Angina is chest pain caused by reduced blood flow to the heart muscles. It's not usually life threatening, but it's a warning sign that the person could be at risk of a heart attack or stroke.

If you're living with a heart condition and struggle with everyday tasks like cooking, washing or dressing, you could be eligible for Attendance Allowance.

Here's the current number of people across Great Britain receiving this benefit for a heart condition:

  • England - 92,993

  • Scotland - 9,902

  • Wales - 7,431

  • Living abroad - 337

  • Total - 110,666

Attendance Allowance is a benefit for people over State Pension age who need help with personal care or supervision because of an illness or disability. There are 2 different weekly rates, and the amount you get depends on how much help you need.

Any Attendance Allowance you receive doesn't necessarily need to be spent on your care. Many people spend the money on other types of help in the home, or on equipment to help them stay independent. For example, it could help you pay bills, get meals delivered or cover the cost of taxis.

Who can make a claim?

You should consider applying for Attendance Allowance if you have a disability or illness and require assistance or supervision throughout the day or at times during the night - even if you're not currently receiving that help.

This might include:

Assistance with personal care - such as getting dressed, eating or drinking, getting in and out of bed, bathing or showering, and using the toilet. If you struggle with personal tasks, such as those that cause pain or require physical assistance like leaning on a chair, you should consider applying for Attendance Allowance. This benefit isn't solely for individuals with physical disabilities or illnesses.

It's also advisable to claim if you need help or supervision throughout the day or night due to:

  • a mental health condition.

  • learning difficulties.

  • a sensory condition - such as being deaf or visually impaired.

How much could I receive from Attendance Allowance?

You could be eligible for £72.65 if you require help during the day or at night, or £108.55 if you need assistance both during the day and at night, or if you are terminally ill. The benefit is paid every four weeks, meaning you could receive either £290.60 or £434.20 each pay period.

You can claim Attendance Allowance if you meet all the following criteria:

  • You're over State Pension age (if you haven't reached it, you may be eligible for Personal Independence Payment instead).

  • You have any type of disability or physical or mental illness, including sight or hearing impairments and conditions such as dementia.

  • You could benefit from help with personal care, such as getting washed or dressed, or supervision to keep you safe during the day or night.

  • You have needed help for at least 6 months. This doesn't apply if you're terminally ill, in which case you can make a claim straight away.