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People getting Invalidity Benefit (IVB) or Sickness Benefit at the time of the changeover were automatically transferred onto Incapacity Benefit and the amount of benefit, they were receiving at the time was not affected.
You qualify for short-term Incapacity Benefit if you: have paid National Insurance contributions and you are 'incapable of work' or are in a 'period of incapacity for work'.
State pension age is currently 60 for a woman and 65 for a man.
This will be equalised at 65 for both men and women from 6 April 2020.
This means that your entitlement to Incapacity Benefit may be based on different rules.
What is Incapacity Benefit Do you qualify Payment rates If you have personal pension How to Claim How is your incapacity assessed When does the Own Occupation Test apply When does the Personal Capability Assessment apply Exemptions How much do you get Does anything affect what you get New permitted work rules from April 2002 Transitional Rules Linking rules What happens on retirement How are you paid Reviews and Appeals Further information Incapacity Benefit is for people unable to work because of illness or a disability.
There are several different rates of IB For the first 28 weeks of incapacity you can get the short-term lower rate.It is paid if Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) has ended, or if you cannot get SSP (SSP is paid for the first 28 weeks of sickness).IB is not paid if you were already over state pension age when you became sick.It is intended that permanent health insurance payments arranged through your employer will also be taken into account after your employment has ended.
The government has said you will be exempt if: You already get incapacity benefit at the time the rules change - see below; Your claim links back to an earlier incapacity benefit award that ended before the rules changed (contact the Benefits Agency to learn about the special linking rules for work and training; You get disability living allowance higher rate care component; The pension payments are in connection with the death of a member of the scheme.
If you get the highest rate care component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or you are terminally ill, you will get IB paid at the long-term rate after you have been sick for 28 weeks.