Recently awarded higher Attendance Allowance

Hello just a quick question.
Ive applied and been awarded fir my Mum the higher rate of AA.
They wrote to say that it will be paid for 3 months prior to the application.
Because i was Mums carer then will see get the extra amount in back pay as the higher AA will help now that there is extra carers in . I had hiped it would be paid to Mum.

Hi Mel.

I was trying to find a question.

If AA is backdated , any claim for Carers Allowance can be backdated for a maximum of 3 months.

AA is paid to your mother … to assist in buying in any additional support … or for whatever purpose.

Given the weekly amount … £ 85.60 … it will not go far … even at the level of the minimum wage ( Under 12 hours ).

Hiya Chris
Im not so worried about back dated carers as i recieved the payment but the extra on top between the higher and lower rate , its this im trying to source should this go to Mum.
Theres been no letter with the award letter saying this would be paid an amount and when.
The extra money will pay for 2 hours of home help its amazing the difference that can make.
I think the system and how people who need care is quiet bad but it all helps in a situation where thee is no more i can apply for.

There’s only one rate for Carers Allowance.

Attendance Allowance has both a higher and lower rate, the designated rate is paid to the person who qualifies for Attendance Allowance, (i.e. not the Carer).

When Mum applied for AA she lost most of it as i was being paid Carers allowance.
If she’s now on the higher AA will she get the difference.

I thijk the basic question is being overlooked
Does AA back pay to higher rate adjustment get paid to the person needed aid even if theres a carer in place on carers allowance.

Hope that helps.


Attendance Allowance isn’t means-tested.

This means it can be paid regardless of your income, savings or National Insurance contribution record and is a tax free benefit.

If you are a carer who has care needs, you can claim Attendance Allowance for yourself and > this will not affect your Carer’s Allowance.

Eventually , a question to match the answer ?

I think you may be asking the wrong question! If someone is on AA, living alone, they get an additional allowance at times. If someone claims CA for looking after them, it is this extra allowance NOT AA, that they lose.