Attendance Allowance & Disability Living Allowance – Can I claim both?

WEST Cumbria Carers are now holding benefits clinics throughout Copeland for people who care for a family member or friend with an illness or disability.

Our Benefits Support Worker Gillian is available to provide help to apply for a host of benefits including Carers Allowance, Personal Independence Payment and Attendance Allowance.

 

She can also assist with Council Tax discounts and referrals to the Department for Work and Pensions.

Gillian recently met with 71 year old Connie* who cares for her husband Geoff*, aged 77.

Connie wanted to know if her husband was eligible for Attendance Allowance following a recent diagnosis of Dementia. Geoff already receives Disability Living Allowance at a low rate.

He receives this because he has struggled for years with painful rheumatoid arthritis.

Gillian supported Connie to make contact with the Department of Work & Pensions for a reassessment of her husband’s benefit because his care needs had dramatically increased over the last few years as a result of Dementia.

Connie didn’t feel confident to complete the paperwork and was pleased to gain our support, she was also supported to apply for a Council Tax reduction as a result of her husband’s dementia.

If you are caring for someone who was in receipt of DLA before they hit 65 and their care needs have increased then they can’t claim another health based benefit, however they are entitled to a reassessment of their needs if they are on a lower rate and have experienced increase in their care and mobility needs.

Clinics are held in the following venues:

  • Whitehaven Library on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 10am & 11am
  • Seascale Library on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 1pm & 2pm
  • Millom Library on the 1st Tuesday of the month at 10am & 11am

Appointments can be booked by calling us on 01900 821 976.

(*Names have been changed).