Attendance Allowance

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 22nd February 2018.

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Photo of Chris Stephens Chris Stephens Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Trade Unions and Workers' Rights)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to encourage applications for Attendance Allowance; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Sarah Newton Sarah Newton The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

Information about Attendance Allowance is already widely available, including on Gov.uk.

The Attendance Allowance Unit also promotes uptake of the benefit at ‘outreach’ events, where they answer questions, hand out leaflets and signpost claimants to relevant DWP benefits.

DWP works closely with partner organisations, including those that represent or support older people with care needs, such as the NHS or Macmillan Nurses, who can help provide information and signpost their clients to benefits such as Attendance Allowance. The Attendance Allowance Outreach Team also attend events at drop in centres at Macmillan Cancer and Stroke Units to help advise potential claimants of the benefits they may be able to apply for.

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