Pensioners with arthritis or joint pain could get up to £407 from April | Personal Finance | Finance

Millions of older Britons are living with various health conditions, some brought about by advancing age, while others are long term. One common condition is joint pain, which can be manifest in arthritis – a condition impacting millions of people across the UK in different ways.

To help, older Britons may be eligible for a payment known as Attendance Allowance, designed to help those over state pension age living with a health condition or disability.

Arthritis is a common condition causing pain and inflammation in a joint – and there is currently no cure.

Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are perhaps the most common and can cause pain, and discomfort and sometimes limit mobility.

Joint pain can have various causes including gout, bursitis, joint infection or arthritis.

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Those who do have a carer could find the person is entitled to Carer’s Allowance if the individual they are looking after has substantial caring needs.

The rates of Attendance Allowance are changing, and just like the state pension and Pension Credit, there will be a 10.1 percent rise.

This is a valuable boost for those in receipt of Attendance Allowance which will apply to both the higher and lower rate.

The higher rate of the payment will rise from £92.40 per week to £101.75 weekly.

The form will come with notes telling a person how it should be filled in.

The completed form can then be sent to Freepost DWP Attendance Allowance, and a postcode or stamp is not required.

Attendance Allowance can typically be backdated to the date of someone’s claim.

This is usually the date a form is received, or the date the person called the enquiry line, as long as the claim pack is returned within six weeks.

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