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Benefits if you're over State Pension age

You can get a range of benefits if you're over State Pension age and you have an illness or disability. The extra money can help with the cost of your care.

You can check your State Pension age on GOV.UK.

Check what benefits you can get and how to get them.

Attendance Allowance

What it is

Attendance allowance is for people over State Pension age who need help at home because of an illness or disability.

You could get:

  • £57.30 a week if you need help either in the day or at night
  • £85.60 a week if you need help both day and at night

When you can get it

You can get Attendance Allowance if you're over State Pension age and have a long-term illness or disability. It does not matter how much you earn or have in savings.

Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit

What it is

Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit is a payment of up to £174.80 a week.

When you can get it

You can get Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit if you're disabled because of an accident at work, or you have an illness that was caused by work.

When you cannot get it

You cannot get Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit if you were self-employed at the time of the accident.

Constant Attendance Allowance

What it is

Constant Attendance Allowance is a payment for people who are ill or disabled because of specific circumstances. Payments range from £34.95 to £139.80 a week.

When you can get it

You can get Constant Attendance Allowance if you receive Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit or a War Disablement Pension and you need daily care because of a disability.

When you cannot get it

You cannot get Constant Attendance Allowance if you already get Attendance Allowance.

Other benefits for older people

If you get Attendance Allowance, you might be able to get some other benefits, or an increase in benefits, including:

You may also be entitled to:

Check what benefits you can get

Carer's Allowance

If you get Attendance Allowance or another disability-related benefit and you have a carer, they may be able to get Carer's Allowance.

Get help and advice

Get expert benefits advice plus help filling in claim forms from:

How to challenge a benefit decision

You can challenge a benefit decision if:

  • your benefit payment is stopped
  • your claim for a benefit is refused

Carers UK has more about how to challenge a benefit decision.

Page last reviewed: 31 July 2018
Next review due: 31 July 2021