New bitesize on Attendance Allowance claimants
Older people living in deprived areas are more likely to be claiming disability caring allowance
Attendance allowance is a benefit for people of state pension age with a physical disability, a mental disability (including learning difficulties) or both and who need help with caring. Attendance allowance is not means tested and is paid at two rates: a lower rate of £60 per week and £89.60 for people needing day and night support or who are terminally ill.
- As of August 2021, there was a total of 12,580 people aged 65 and over claiming Attendance Allowance in Oxfordshire. This was 9.7% of the population aged 65 and over, below the national average of 12.1%.
- The total number of Oxfordshire claimants in August 2021 was similar to the number in August 2020 (12,606) and below the number in August 2019 (13,183).
- The districts with the highest numbers of claimants in August 2021 were Cherwell and South Oxfordshire.
- The districts with the highest percent of Attendance Allowance claimants per population aged 65+ were Cherwell (10.0%) and Oxford City (10.2%).
- The more deprived areas of Oxfordshire (using the national ranking of older people in poverty) have a higher proportion of older people claiming Attendance Allowance for disability support.
- Areas of Oxfordshire with the highest rates of Attendance Allowance per older population were the Leys area of south east Oxford, south Bicester and parts of Banbury.
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18 February 2022