Higher rate attendance benefits are intended to enable parents/other caregivers to care for a child under the age of 18 who lives at home and whose needs for care, supervision and other assistance significantly exceeds those covered by the standard attendance benefit. You may qualify for attendance benefit even if the child does not live at home full-time, provided that parents, foster parents or other close persons exercise the necessary supervision and care with the child. If the child lives at home less than 50 percent of the time, the rates for higher rate attendance benefits may be reduced.
In considering whether you qualify for higher rate attendance benefits, NAV will take into account:
• the degree of physical and psychological functional impairment;
• the scope of care and supervision needed;
• the need for stimulation, training and physical activity; and
• the extent to which providing the care limits the caregiver.
The overall workload of the person providing the care/supervision is the determining factor.
Attendance benefits is not provided for practical assistance such as cooking, cleaning, washing or shopping.
What are the rates?
Higher rate attendance benefits are granted in accordance with rates 2, 3 or 4. The scope of the care needs will determine the rate granted.
Please be advised that if a child is receiving attendance benefits and the person providing care and supervision is receiving a Cash benefits for care (text in Norwegian), the municipality may reduce Cash benefits for care. Cash benefits for care be reduced by an amount equivalent to the attendance benefit payment. The municipality may require that you apply for attendance benefit before they will consider granting Cash benefits for care. You may, however, still apply for Cash benefits for care and attendance benefits at the same time.
Higher rate attendance benefits are tax free.
How long can you receive higher rate attendance benefits?
Higher rate attendance benefits are paid up to and including the month the child turns 18 years old, but the child’s needs for care and supervision may change. NAV will therefore reassess the benefit every three years. You will receive a letter requesting that you submit information about your current situation, and documentation that you still need the benefit.
If a child who has been receiving attendance benefits for at least three years, dies, the parents are entitled to keep the attendance benefits for a transitional period of 3 months after the death of the child.
How to apply
You must submit a written application for higher rate attendance benefit. The form is listed under the heading of “Form and Application”.
In your application, you must provide the name of the doctor or doctors treating you, and the doctor’s address. NAV will collect the necessary medical information.
If you have reports from the Educational-Psychological Service (PPT) or school, you can include these in your application.
If your care or supervision needs change or your family situation changes, or you are planning a stay abroad, this may significantly affect your payments from NAV. That is why you must report any changes to NAV immediately.
See Payment dates, holiday pay and tax withholding. Benefits to children under the age of 18 are paid to the child’s bank account.
To register the account number for a child, you must complete form NAV 95-20.00 and submit this by mail to NAV.
Beneficiaries of higher rate attendance benefit over 18 years of age can change their account number at Ditt NAV. Read more about changing account numbers.
Most of the main information about your entitlements and duties is available here in English. There are also links to other more detailed information; however, some of this information is only available in Norwegian.