DWP can pay up to £5,600 a year for anyone with these 10 common conditions

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) could provide an additional £434 per month to individuals living with a disability or long-term illness, yet many are unaware they qualify.

Attendance Allowance, a benefit distributed by the DWP to 1.5 million people annually, offers extra funds to assist with living costs and support related to health conditions or disabilities. However, it's estimated that up to a million eligible individuals are not claiming this benefit, missing out on an annual top-up of approximately £5,600.

This benefit is available to anyone facing additional costs due to their ailment or disability, although it does not cover mobility needs. For instance, anyone requiring help or supervision during the day or night could qualify, even if they do not receive care - this can encompass common issues ranging from arthritis to visual impairment.


Extra funds to assist with care costs are provided at two rates, with a higher rate for those with additional needs. The money, intended to maintain people's independence and keep them in their own homes for longer, is distributed at either £72.65 per week, or £108.55.

These payments are deposited into bank accounts every four weeks. The higher rate is awarded to claimants who require assistance or supervision throughout the day and night, or those who have been given a prognosis of 12 months or less to live by a medical professional, reports the M.E.N.

Every year, Attendance Allowance assists 1.5 million individuals. According to data from the DWP, 1,127,242 of these individuals live with at least one of the following ten conditions:.





Heart Disease


Respiratory Conditions


Disease Of The Muscles, Bones or Joints


Cerebrovascular Disease


Back Pain


Visual Disorders and Diseases




Neurological Conditions


It's crucial to understand that this list isn't a checklist for claiming Attendance Allowance. Instead, it's meant to help people comprehend what types of conditions are being supported.

However, if you require additional support during the day or night due to a long-term illness, disability, or health condition, you should consult the official eligibility guidance on the GOV. UK website here.