What changes are coming in 2022, and do you still qualify?
Claimants for Attendance Allowance may need to renew or reapply in 2022: Here’s what you need to know.
The Attendance Allowance is designed to assist with the additional costs associated with having a physical or mental disability that necessitates supervision or assistance.
Claimants may need to renew their claims this year, depending on the type and duration of their awards, or risk losing their benefits.
Unlike Personal Independence Payments, Attendance Allowance can be given for an indefinite period of time.
Those who have a fixed period for their claim must renew it before it expires, assuming they still meet the eligibility criteria.
If a claim is not renewed in a timely manner, claimants’ Attendance Allowance may be terminated, and they may be required to file a new claim.
Around four months before their Attendance Allowance ends, claimants on a fixed period should receive a letter from the Department of Work and Pensions with a new claim form.
The form must be filled out and returned before the renewal date specified in the letter.
Claimants should call the DWP Attendance Allowance helpline to request a renewal claim form if they have not received a letter two months before their Attendance Allowance ends.
Claimants should try to ensure that they still meet all of the eligibility criteria as they did when they first applied when renewing or having their claim reviewed.
Anyone who has received an indefinite award may have their claim reviewed by the DWP at any time, particularly if they have reported a change of circumstances.
This includes the following:
British citizens who live in the EU, EEA, or Switzerland may still be eligible for Attendance Allowance; more information is available on the Gov.uk website.
The six-month rule is one of the most important factors in obtaining Attendance Allowance.
In essence, claimants must have had care or supervision needs for at least six months in order to be eligible for the benefit.
This does not, however, imply that claimants must have a diagnosis before applying, and terminally ill claimants with a life expectancy of less than six months are exempt from this requirement.
Applicants for Attendance Allowance must be at least the age of a state pensioner.
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