However, if you make a new claim to IB for a date on or after 6th April 2001, you will have any gross Pension Income taken into account when the payable rate of benefit is being calculated.
Incapacity Benefit replaced Invalidity and Sickness Benefit from 13 April 1995.
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'.
Short-term IB at the higher rate will be paid if you have been sick for more than 28 weeks and less than 52 weeks.
If you qualify under the special rules for young people you must have been getting lower rate IB for 28 weeks.
If you qualify under the special rules for young people and you get the highest rate care component of DLA or you are terminally ill, you will get IB paid at the long-term rate after you have been getting IB for 28 weeks.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.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.
After 28 weeks on the lower rate, you move onto the short-term higher rate. After 52 weeks, the long-term rate becomes payable.