About the attendance allowance guide

Many people who have physical health conditions, but who don't consider themselves disabled, could be claiming attendance allowance.

This guide has been ammended in Feb. 2005 to reflect changes since the guide was first published in 2002.

The guide will:

It is full of useful tips, like:

The Disability Handbook

The Disability Handbook is produced by medical staff at Department of Work and Pensions, (formerly the DSS) and is used by decision makers and Medical Services doctors when considering claims for disability living allowance and attendance allowance. It tells them, 'in general terms, what care and mobility needs can be expected to arise from different medical conditions' such as arthritis, rheumatism, cardiac and respiratory disorders.  
Many people feel that the Disability Handbook takes an over-optimistic view of the likely speed and extent of recovery from various conditions and of the beneficial effects of drugs and other treatments. You can download the chapter on mental health from the link below. 

Please note: the material below is Crown copyright. Crown copyright material is reproduced with the permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Queen's Printer for Scotland. 


go to the full disability handbook on the DWP website, where you can download further chapters or the entire 268 page handbook.

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