Attendance Allowance introduced

6 December 1971

The Attendance Allowance was introduced as a non-means-tested benefit for people who had a serious or debilitating illness or disability and required personal assistance.

Such individuals might need constant care (day and night) or assistance for part of the day or night. This allowed for people to stay in their homes and communities while receiving tailored support.

The Attendance Allowance appeared to cause some anxiety in parliament, with members raising concerns over restrictive eligibility criteria and providing examples of appeal cases. However, Sir Keith Joseph, Minister of Health, denied there was a need for a review.


House of Commons.
Attendance Allowance.
HC Deb 30 November 1971 vol 827 cc234-8.
Hansard; 1971.