FAQs about DWP benefits for older people


Information and questions for DWP benefits

Non means tested benefits for older people

Attendance Allowance ("AA")

Disability Living Allowance ("DLA")

Constant Attendance Allowance

State Pension

Winter Fuel Payments

Means tested benefits

Pension Credit

Carers Allowance

Attendance Allowance ("AA")

If you need help with Personal Care and you are aged 65 plus you could get extra money per week.

 

There are two weekly rates, higher and lower depending on the extent of your needs. The payment can be spent by you on care or in any other way you wish. This benefit is not means tested and is paid tax free. To claim you must have a long term condition or health need. The benefit can be obtained straight away if you have a terminal illness.

 

You can still claim the benefit if you go into care and are either fully self funding or are helped in full or part by local authority funding.

 

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Disability Living Allowance ("DLA")

This benefit is similar to AA. There are however, two different components, mobilty paid at two different rates and care paid at three different rates. It is available to people who are under 65. This benefit will be replaced by PIP from April 2013. All new claims for this allowance will be for PIP from June 2013.

 

All existing entitlements to DLA will be reassessed geographically starting with existing claimants in the North West and North East.The assessment includes a cooking test.

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Constant Attendance Allowance

For people in receipt of either a war disablement Pension assessed at 80% or their Industrial Injuries Disablement entitlement assessment is at 100%, this benefit is automatically considered.Your need for care and attention must be as a result of an industrial accident or disease. There is no right of appeal if your claim is refused.

 

If you wish to claim you must require daily care and attention. There are four different rates depending on the extent of your needs. If you receive this benefit it will affect entitlement to other benefits. For example you will not receive AA or the care component to DLA.

 

The benefit can also affect entitlement to means tested benefits such as pension Credit, Housing Benefit (as replaced by Universal credit from April 2013) and Council Tax Support.

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State Pension

The State Pension is your personal pension and cannot be shared or given to another person.  It is provided by the government no matter how rich or poor provided you have been credited with or have paid National Insurance contributions.

 

The basic pension increases every year by the average growth in earnings or prices whichever is the highest. You may have to pay income tax on your State Pension but currently when you reach the State Pension age (different for men and women) you stop paying National Insurance Contributions. 

 

This benefit is usually paid every 4 weeks into an account of your choice.

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Winter Fuel Payments

If you receive the State Pension or some other DWP benefits then you should receive the Winter Fuel payment. This benefit exists for anyone born on or before the 5th July 1951.The payments are annual and made between November and December.

 

There are two different rates depending on whether you are under or over 80. You only need to claim once following which the payments should be made automatically. This benefit is not the same as Cold Weather payments which are means tested.

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Pension Credit

This benefit is intended to increase your income to a basic minimum whether you live on your own, or are part of a couple.

 

Additionally the basic minimum can be increased if you are disabled or a carer. Entitlement to this benefit can provide you with access to other benefits such as hospital transport costs, Universal Credit, Council Tax Support and help with the cost of dental treatment and glasses. An average claim is said to be worth £1700 per annum.

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Carers Allowance

Anybody who cares for a spouse, relative, neighbour or friend is entitled to ask for a carer’s assessment from the local authority to assist them in the caring process. Additionally carers allowance may be available.

 

The criteria includes the carer being over 16 years of age, not earning more than £110 a week (after deductions) or less, not being in full time education and caring for the person for 35 hours per week plus. Additionally the person you care for must be in receipt of either, AA, DLA, PIP or Constant Attendance Allowance.

 

The loss of these benefits or the receipt by the Carer of their own benefits such as State Pension will affect your entitlement to this allowance. The receipt of Carers allowance can increase your entitlement to Pension Credit.

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