Attendance Allowance to pay family

Hi all,
I’ve searched the forums and can’t find anything on this topic. But apologies if there’s a thread on this - if so please point me in its direction.

I have just taken early retirement on a much reduced work pension to care for my Mum who broke her hip in August and is very immobile with other physical and health limitations, happily she has full capacity. She gets the higher level Attendance Allowance and I’m hoping to get Carer’s Allowance.

I have relocated 160 miles to move in with my parents to be Mum’s main carer and I’m in the process of selling my house to buy somewhere in the area as a bolt hole on my two days off a week.

Mum uses her AA to pay for carers the two days I’m off, however would she be able to pay me, a live in member of her family, some of her AA as part of the £132 carers are allowed to earn before it affects their CA?

Just want to keep everything above board and within regulations.


Hi Gill,

welcome to the forum.

Wow - you’ve making some big life changes!

As far as I’m aware, it only gets complicated if your Mum pays you with direct payments and she won’t be. However, its probably best to talk it through with the helpline:

You can email us at > > and we will respond to your enquiries within 10 working days, although it can often be sooner.

Our telephone helpline providing information is open from Monday to Friday between 9am and 6pm - 0808 808 7777


Thanks Melly1 - much appreciated. Lots to learn, thank you for the email and phone number details. I’ll get in touch.

HI Gill,

if you have time to post what they say, others may benefit from the information.


I’m worried by your situation.
Does mum own or rent her home?
Does she have over £23,000 in savings? Yes/No
Do you have Power of Attorney?
Have Social Services done a Needs Assessment?
Have they done a Carers Assessment for you?
Has mum had an NHS Continuing Healthcare Assessment?
Do you have any siblings?
These are not nosey questions, there is a specific reason for each one, which will help us to hep you.

Thanks for your concern. We’re all up to date having had care and finance assessments with the Local Authority Social Care Department when Mum came out of hospital and we do have a care plan in place (me 5 days a week, care provider 2 days). Me taking on Mum’s care is something I hope I, and the immediate family, have gone into with eyes open but we’re still feeling our way with with who can be paid what.

Thanks again, I’ll post again when I get in touch and get an answer from contact details given in a previous answer.