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Benefit you can claim on top of attendance allowance - Carers UK Forum

Benefit you can claim on top of attendance allowance

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My mum (85, blind, limited mobility) has just been awarded the lower rate attendance allowance. A very nice lady from the DWP helped her to complete the forms and said that if/when mum was awarded AA she could also apply for a further £30pw as no one is claiming carers allowance on her behalf. Unfortunately I didn't make a note of what this benefit is called or how to claim it, and I haven't found anything searching online. Can anyone advise me please? Thank you!
Hi Justine ... took me 12 seconds.

From the Government site ... Attendance Allowance :

You could get extra Pension Credit, Housing Benefit or Council Tax Reduction if you get Attendance Allowance - check with the helpline or office dealing with your benefit.

Next step ... confirm with the use of that trusty old online benefits calculator :


That should reveal the same in addition to the sums involved.

For details on any benefit , just type that benefit ... say PENSION CREDIT ... into an Internet search engine.

Several can be applied for online.

All other benefits / allowances out there being claimed ?

A second function of that benefits calculator.

Handy little cyber rodent ?

Council Tax ... discount on the cards ?

Have a ponder , crunch some numbers , and then return to us here on the forum for any further answers to questions , or
other related matters ( eg. Power of Attorneys / wills / housing / future potential health issues / safeguarding ... you name it ,
we'll tackle it ! ).
Ps ... DWP ... additional £ 30 per week if nobody is caring for you ( Mother ) ?

I don't see the connection ... lower rate of AA does NOT disqualify anyone from claiming Carers Allowance ... PROVIDED THAT
they meet all eligibilty criteria ... the book says AA ... does not then to go on to say HIGHER rate only.

Pension Credit ... my assumption ... yet another online benefit calculator :


Adding 2 + 2 and hoping to come up with 4 ... is the figure so revealed around that £ 30 per week ?

If so , DWP ... travelling from A to B ... via C / D / E ?
Thank you very much, Chris. I have discovered that it's called SDP (severe disability premium) and would be added to mum's Pension Credit benefit. I hadn't realised that it was part of pension credit and I think I was also wrong about it being £30pw (the website says £64.30 for a single person).
Thank you so much for your help! It's all so confusing and I'm terrifically grateful for all the help on this forum.
Thank YOU , Justine ... a new one for me as well.

SDP ... curious little critter in it's own right.

Normally associated with DLA , slight change under PIP , then magically disappears under UC !

https://www.gov.uk/disability-premiums- ... -youll-get
Severe disability premium

You’ll get:

£64.30 a week for a single person

£128.60 a week for a couple if you’re both eligible

Some couples will be eligible for the lower amount of £64.30 a week instead.

Now ... for the real sting in the tail :

If your mother receives SDP , anyone claiming Carers Allowance for her ... that SDP WILL BE LOST :
You cannot get the severe disability premium if someone is getting Carer’s Allowance or the carers element of Universal Credit for looking after you.

Right ... I got there in the end ... the SDP being the joker in the pack this time around.

While I'm still in the chair ... another round ... anything else remotely connected to life / survival in either CarerLand or
CareeLand of concern ?

No ?

Not even one for the road ?
Cheers Chris!

PS I did know the SDP was dependent on no one claiming carers allowance for mum; the nice DWP lady explained that was why mum could claim it. I can see this would come as a nasty shock if you are not expecting it though!
Yep ... a very related thread I'm just about to update with the additional problem of SDP.

Save reading said thread before I update it , that thread can be located here ... follow my logic if you are in
a deerstalking mood :

https://www.carersuk.org/forum/support- ... ised-33078

Can I ask why you are not going to claim Carers Allowance though?
Good question.

If Justine does , kiss goodbye to the SDP.

( A bit weird ..... not an overlapping benefit as such but ... pay X to the carer , and X is lost to the caree. )

Robbing mother to pay Justin.
Justine, if you are claiming Carers Allowance, you receive credits towards your National Insurance and pension later. If you are not working, you might be entitled to extra benefits yourself, depending on your situation.
Do you live with mum? Are you working?