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State Benefits

Attendance Allowance

An important state benefit for people receiving care is Attendance Allowance.

This is a non-means tested benefit. It is payable to all individuals over 65 years old who have needed care for at least six consecutive months. Care in this sense is defined as help needed with essential daily tasks.

There are two rates of Attendance Allowance.

The lower rate is payable to people who need help during either the day or night. The lower rate of Attendance Allowance is currently paid at £49.30 per week.

The higher rate is payable to people who need help during both the day and the night. The higher rate of Attendance Allowance is currently paid at £73.60 per week.

Registered Nursing Care Contribution

If an individual is assessed as needing nursing care, they can receive an additional nursing care allowance known as the Registered Nursing Care Contribution (RNCC).

This is a non-means tested benefit and is tax-free. In England, it is paid at a rate of £108.70 per week.

Continuing Care

A less common state benefit is Continuing Care. This is an NHS contribution to the cost of care.

Specific conditions must be met to qualify for NHS Continuing Care, such as the individual being unstable or unpredictable and needing constant 24 hour care.

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