Incapacity benefit is paid to people who satisfy the NI contributions condition and who are incapable of work.
Incapacity Benefit has been replaced with Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).
- To be eligible, Jobcentre Plus will review your Incapacity Benefit claim to see if you’re capable of work or eligible for ESA.
- ESA is only for new claims. You’ll carry on getting getting Incapacity Benefit if you’re already receiving it.
- Your claim won’t be reviewed if you’ll reach State Pension age before 6 April 2014.
Reviewing your claim
- If you’re not about to reach State Pension age, Jobcentre Plus will send you a questionnaire between now and 2014.
- This will ask you how your illness or disability affects your ability to complete everyday tasks.
- Complete this questionnaire and return it by the deadline. Include original medical reports or letters that are relevant - you’ll get these back.
- obcentre Plus will tell you if you need a Work Capability Assessment - you must go. If your review shows you’re capable of working, your Incapacity Benefit will stop.
- Jobcentre Plus will discuss your next steps, including claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance. If your review shows you can’t work, you’ll be transferred automatically onto ESA.
The Portland Centre has helped many people who have been asked to complete this questionaire. This is how we helped them:
- Portland Centre Workers help people to complete the form which is very long and very complicated to complete.
- We will ensure that the questionnaire is delivered within the time limit.
f your application for ESA is rejected (as most are), Portland Centre staff can help you to fight the decision by:
- Helping you to apply for a Tribunal decision.
- Assisting you to complete the forms.
- Ensuring the documentation arrives before the deadline.
- Accompanying you to the Work Capability Assessment.
- Preparing you for the Tribunal.
- Accompanying you to the Tribunal to ensure you are able to offer a reasoned argument for you case.
The Portland Centre will continue to support you if you are still deemed to be Fit for Work and placed in the Jobseeker programme, by:
- Helping you recognise that you have an opportunity, not a loss.
- Assisting with your jobsearch.
- Compiling a relevant C.V.
- Helping with application forms.
Working and Incapacity Benefit
Your Incapacity Benefit is not usually affected if you:
- Do volunteer work
- Work and earn up to £20 a week
- Work less than 16 hours a week, earn up to £99.50 a week for up to 52 weeks
- Work and earn up to £99.50 a week doing work supervised by someone from a local authority or voluntary organisation
- Work and earn up to £99.50 a week because you’re treated as incapable of work because of severe disability
This is called ‘permitted work’.
All Benefits come with a number of 'conditions of eligibility'. To get independent help, information and advice, pop into the Portland Centre and we will be happy to run through all the conditions to make sure you never lose out through not knowing.
If you need help with making sure you get everything you are entitled to, just call us on 01305 824333 or email us using our contact form or pop in to see a Portland Centre Staff member, to receive immediate assistance.