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Attendance Allowance (AA)

This is a benefit to help with extra costs for people who have a disability that means they need someone to assist in their care, and you have needed that help for at least six months.

AA is paid weekly at two different rates – lower and higher – and the one you receive depends on the level of help you need. This is not a means tested benefit.

The process to receive Attendance Allowance is much quicker if a medical professional thinks you might meet the special rules for terminally ill people, so please bear that in mind if it applies to you.

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