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Attendance Allowance and extra Pension Credit

Discussion in 'Legal and financial issues' started by Rambling Sid, May 2, 2018.

  1. Rambling Sid

    Rambling Sid Registered User

    Mar 7, 2018
    29
    I am becoming a bit confused.

    When the DWP visiting officer came to my home to deal with appointeeship for my mother's benefits, she gave me a claim form for Attendance Allowance (which has now been granted to my mother) and said that she would also qualify for extra Pension Credit. She didn't give me a form but said it would be automatically linked with the AA.

    She is already in receipt of pension credit, housing benefit, and now the lower amount of AA. Is there really an extra pension credit that is linked to AA?
     
  2. Carmar

    Carmar Registered User

    Feb 2, 2016
    1,124
    Female
    Hampshire
    Yes @Rambling Sid, there is an extra pension credit that is linked to AA. My Mum received this until she went in to residential care. She was on the higher level AA eventually and the Pension Credit went up again when her AA went up. I'm sorry I can't tell you how much as I can't remember but I'm sure someone else on here will be able to. You can always phone the Department for Work and Pensions as they will be able to tell you the exact amount.
     
  3. Rambling Sid

    Rambling Sid Registered User

    Mar 7, 2018
    29

    I've contacted DWP and a claim form is being sent out to me.

    I am new to the world of DWP and what is available. No wonder so many benefits go unclaimed - how can older people possibly navigate this system? I pity the ones with no family to help them.
     
  4. Carmar

    Carmar Registered User

    Feb 2, 2016
    1,124
    Female
    Hampshire
    I quite agree with you @Rambling Sid, benefits are a complete minefield. The woman from the DWP was right about the higher rate pension credit being linked automatically to the Attendance Allowance. It should be paid automatically with the normal pension without having to apply for it. Consequently, I am not sure why they are sending you out a form when AA has already been granted, unless they have the wrong end of the stick. Or unless the rules have changed since I arranged this all for my Mum 2 years ago, which is possible I suppose! I hope it's resolved quickly as the money should make a difference for your Mum.
     
  5. Scriv

    Scriv Registered User

    Feb 2, 2018
    89
    I have always found the Attendance Allowance Helpline on 0800 731 0122 very helpful with any queries such as this. Hope you get it sorted out.
     

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