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Incapacity benefit

If you are unable to work because of a disability or long-term illness then you may be able to claim Incapacity Benefit (ICB)

ICB is normally only paid if your Statutory Sick Pay has ended or you cannot get Statutory Sick Pay.

To be eligible to claim you have to have:

  • Paid National Insurance contributions
  • Been sick for at least four days in a row including weekends and Bank Holidays

Incapacity Benefit can be paid at three different rates
Short-term Incapacity Benefit at the lower rate:

Is paid if you do not get Statutory Sick Pay and have been sick for at least four days in a row including weekends and Bank Holidays.

Short-term Incapacity Benefit at the higher rate:
Is paid if you have been sick for more than 28 weeks and less than 52 weeks.

Long-term Incapacity Benefit:
Is paid if you have been sick for over 52 weeks.

It is important to remember that you cannot claim ICB if you were over state pension age when you became sick. However, if you became sick before reaching state pension age, you may be able to get ICB after state pension age.

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Department for Work and Pensions Guide to Incapacity Benefit (External link)

 
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