What is Constant Attendance Allowance (CAA)?
Constant Attendance Allowance (CAA) is a benefit payable to people who are ill or disabled. They must receive Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit or a War Disablement Pension, and need constant care and attention as a result of their injury or disability.
CAA is worth up to £145.60 a week in 2020-21.
Constant Attendance Allowance eligibility
You can make an application for CAA if you receive one of the following:
- Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB), through being ill or disabled as a result of an accident or disease caused by work. You must be deemed 100% disabled by a medical professional, and need daily care and attention.
- A War Disablement Pension of 80% or more, through being ill or disabled as a result of an accident or disease while serving in the armed forces. You must require personal help and care for the same reasons that you claim your war pension.
Constant Attendance Allowance rates
There are four different rates of CAA. The rate you receive in 2020-21 is determined by the extent of your disability and how much care you need. The rates for CAA are:
- Exceptional rate £145.60
- Intermediate rate £109.20
- Normal maximum rate £72.80
- Part-time rate £36.40
What do I need to know about Constant Attendance Allowance?
- If you’re eligible for CAA, you won’t be eligible to receive benefits such as Attendance Allowance as well. However, if the benefits you might receive would add up to more than CAA, you can be paid CAA with a top-up to bring them to the same level.
- Claiming CAA may affect your entitlement to other means-tested benefits, such as Income Support, Pension Credit, Housing Benefit and council tax reductions.
How do I apply for CAA?
For industrial injury cases, entitlement to CAA will automatically be considered at the time of your medical examination for IIDB.
Gov.uk (Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit)
An overview, what you'll get, eligibility, how to claim and further information.
For War Pension cases, you may be entitled to CAA if you need personal help because of the conditions for which you’re paid your war pension and if your War Disablement Pension has been assessed at 80% or higher.
Gov.uk (Veteran's UK)
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Find out more about the rules for CAA on Gov.uk.
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