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Incapacity Benefit - What is Incapacity Benefit?

Find out more about Incapacity Benefit.

What is Incapacity Benefit?

What is Incapacity Benefit?

Incapacity Benefit is money for people who cannot work because they are sick or disabled. You cannot make a new claim for Incapacity Benefit. This is because Incapacity Benefit has been replaced by Employment and Support Allowance.

Applies: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

Incapacity Benefit claims to be reassessed

If you currently get Incapacity Benefit, your claim is to be reassessed to see whether you are now fit to work.
The assessment will be carried out by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). The Government aimed to complete this work by Spring 2014 but it is on-going.

After the assessment, depending on your circumstances, you may move onto one of the following benefits:

You will not be reassessed if:

  • You are already getting Employment and Support Allowance

  • You reach state retirement age before March 2014

Find out more about how the reassessment of incapacity benefits works

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