DWP will top up payments by £143 a month and issues 'wide' list of reasons

The Department for Work and Pensions will top up your payments by £143 a month if you suffer any of one of a wide list of conditions. The DWP benefit Attendance Allowance aims to assist older adults with daily living costs, potentially enabling them to remain self-sufficient in their homes for an extended period.

If you are currently on the lower rate of £72.65 per week, your payments could increase by £35.90 to the higher rate of £108.55. This would see four-weekly payments increase from £290.60 to £434.20 - some £143.60 every pay period

Arthritis is the most frequently claimed condition for Attendance Allowance, accounting for 29% of claims with 416,313 individuals receiving support. Attendance Allowance supports over 50 conditions, and it's possible to claim for multiple conditions if another develops or if an existing condition worsens.

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Other conditions listed include Arthritis and Spondylosis as well as Back Pain – Other / Precise Diagnosis not Specified and Disease of The Muscles, Bones or Joints. Other conditions include Trauma to Limbs, Blindness and Deafness as well as Heart disease, Chest disease and Asthma.

Cystic Fibrosis, Cerebrovascular Disease, Peripheral vascular Disease and Epilepsy are also listed, alongside Neurological Diseases, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's, Motor Neurone Disease, Chronic Pain Syndromes, Diabetes Mellitus, and Metabolic Disease.

Traumatic Paraplegia/Tetraplegia, Major Trauma Other than Traumatic Paraplegia/Tetraplegia, Learning Difficulties and Psychosis are also listed, as is Psychoneurosis, Personality Disorder, Dementia, Behavioural Disorder and 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 and Double Amputee are also on the DWP list, as is Deaf/Blind and Haemodialysis as well as general Frailty.

Total Parenteral Nutrition, AIDS and those who are terminally ill are also on the list of conditions.