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Constant Attendance Allowance (CAA)

Find out about CAA, eligibility criteria and payment rates.
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What is CAA? CAA eligibility CAA rates
What do I need to know about CAA? How do I apply for CAA?

What is CAA?

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 eligibility

You can make an application for CAA if you receive one of the following:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

 

CAA rates

There are four different rates of CAA. The rate you receive is determined by the extent of your disability and how much care you need.

The rates for CAA are:

£35.80-£143.20 a week

depending on the extent of disability and the amount of care you need (2019-20).

What do I need to know about CAA?

  • 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.
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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.

gov.uk/industrial-injuries-disablement-benefit

Contact your regional industrial injuries disablement benefit centre for information:

0345 758 5433


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)

Help and support for veterans, as well as the various benefits you may be entitled to claim.

gov.uk/government/organisations/veterans-uk

For support, advice and information on a variety of issues, including benefits, housing and welfare, call:

0808 191 4218

Mon–Fri, 8–5pm

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Further reading

Benefits for older people

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Attendance Allowance

Read about Attendance Allowance and the payment rates, plus tips on applying and completing the form.

Last updated: 26 Apr 2019