Funding Options


Attendance Allowance


Attendance Allowance is a tax free benefit for people aged 65 and over who need help with personal care because they are mentally or physically disabled.

You may get attendance allowance if:


You have a physical or mental disability or both.

Your disability is severe enough for you to need help caring for yourself.

You are aged 65 or over when you claim. (Aged under 65 see Disability Living Allowance)

Attendance allowance is not usually affected by any savings or income.


The amount that you get depends on how much your disability affects you. There are two rates available.


For more information contact the Benefit Enquiry Line on 0800 882200 or apply online at



Disability Living Allowance


Disability Living Allowance is the same as Attendance Allowance but for children and adults with a physical or mental disability who need help with walking or personal care and who claim before the age of 65.


For more information contact the Benefit Enquiry Line on 0800 882200 or apply online at



Carers Allowance


Carers Allowance is a benefit to help people who look after someone who is disabled. You do not have to be related to or live with the person you care for but you must be aged 16 or over and spend at least 35 hours a week caring for a person who gets either Attendance or Disability Living Allowance.


For more information contact the Benefit Enquiry Line on 0800 882200.



Direct Payments


Direct Payments are local council payments for people who have been assessed as needing help from Social Services and who would like to arrange and pay for their own care and support services instead of receiving them directly from the local council.


For more information you would need to contact your own local social services department.



Independent Living Funds


Independent Living Funds are set up and financed by central government and are dedicated to the financial support of disabled people enabling them to choose to live in the community rather than in residential care. ILF disregards a clients earnings and that of partners so that you can continue to earn without losing any funding.



For more information contact the ILF directly on 0845 601 8815 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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For Paradigm’s Head Office please call 0161 727 0689.


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