18 April, 2009




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Sickness and Disability Benefits

Whether you are unable to work due to a short-term illness, or are affected by a permanent disability, there is likely to be a benefit to suit your circumstance and need.



dwp logoStatutory Sick Pay (SSP)
SSP is paid by your employer for up to 28 weeks. If you are in employment when you fall ill, are sick for at least 4 consecutive days (including weekends and Bank Holidays), and earn enough on average for National Insurance purposes (this is less than you need to earn to start paying National Insurance), you will qualify for SSP. You will continue getting SSP, even if you are admitted to hospital. After 28 weeks, your SSP will cease, however you may be entitled to Incapacity Benefit.

website Web site: Dept of Work & Pensions - SSP



JCP logo Incapacity Benefit
This is paid when your Statutory Sick Pay expires after 28 weeks, or, in certain circumstances, if you do not qualify for SSP. You can claim if you have paid NI contributions and have been incapable of work because of sickness or disability for at least 4 days in a row including weekends and public holidays. Incapacity Benefit comes in two rates (higher and lower) and is categorised into long and short-term claims. You may also be able to claim additional benefits should you have child dependants, however, since April 2003 this has been incorporated into the new Child Tax Credits.

Inland Revenuewebsite Web site: Dept of Work & Pensions - Incapacity Benefits

website Web site: Inland Revenue - Tax Credits



Medical SymbolHospital and Health Costs
If you or someone in your family is admitted to hospital you may be entitled to assistance with travel costs. Additionally, depending on your circumstance you may be eligible for further health based assistance...

website Web site: Help with Health Costs




dwp logoIndustrial Accidents and Support
If you suffer an industrial accident, become ill or disabled due to your work, or cannot return to your usual work or work with similar pay because of an accident or disease at work (before 1st October 1990), you may qualify for Disablement Benefit or Reduced Earnings Allowance.

website Web site: Disablement and Reduced Earnings Benefits



Disability Benefits
If you suffer an industrial accident, become ill or disabled due to your work, or cannot return to your usual work or work with similar pay because of an accident or disease at work (before 1st October 1990), you may qualify for Disablement Benefit or Reduced Earnings Allowance.

website Web site: Disablement and Reduced Earnings Benefits



Disability Living Allowance
Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is a social security benefit for adults and children. It's for people with and illness or a disability who have care needs, or mobility needs, or who are terminally ill.

DLA helps with the additional costs arising from severe disability and illness. It is paid at different rates depending on how your disability or illness affects you. You must claim DLA before you reach 65.


website Web site: Disability Living Allowance



Attendance Allowance
Attendance Allowance (AA) is a social security benefit for people over 65 who have care needs or who are terminally ill. It helps with the additional costs arising from severe disability and illness.

AA is paid at different rates depending on how your disability or illness affects you and whether you need care during the day, during the night, or both.


website Web site: Attendance Allowance



Department for Work and Pensions
You may be wanting to know about your present benefits claim, or to establish your likely entitlement to disability benefits.

The A-Z of benefits and services gives you information about DWP benefits and services. On entering the web page below simply select the relevant letter. For example, go to C to find out about Carer's Allowance.


website Web site: Department for Work and Pensions



DisabilityDisability.gov.uk
This is the website of the UK government's Disability Policy Division. It provides a resource for advice, legal and policy information relating to disability and disability rights in the UK.

This site together with the Government's new website Directgov represent steps taken to help people find out about their civil rights and to see how useful the Internet can be as a source for information.


website Web site: Directgov

website Web site: Government Disability Pages



Benefits Agency
For details on the complete range of benefits including Disability information and advice in areas such as:
  • Employment
  • Health and education
  • Independent living
  • Leisure
  • Financial support and rights


Disabled Data Link Group
The Disabled Data Link Group provide information on Disability Rights, Mobility Transport, Employment, Education and Moving Home Contacts Services.



Medical Discharge and War Pensions
Although you cannot claim a War Disablement Pension if you are still serving in HM Armed Forces, you may qualify for one if you were:
  • Injured or disabled through serving in Her Majesty's (HM) Armed Forces, including The Ulster Defence Regiment, now known as the Royal Irish Regiment, the Home Guard and Nursing and Auxiliary Services.

  • A Civil Defence Volunteer (CDV) disabled through serving as a CDV.

  • A civilian disabled as a result of enemy action in the 1939 to 1945 war.

  • A Merchant Seaman, a member of the Naval Auxiliary Services or a Coastguard and you were disabled because of an injury you received or a disease suffered because of conditions during a war or because you were a prisoner of war.

  • A member of the Polish Forces under British Command who served in the 1939-1945 war, or in the Polish Resettlement Forces and you were injured or disabled through this service.

For information on how to claim and the claim process, with details on medical discharges:

info More Information: Veterans Support

Download Downloadable File: Armed Forces Pension Scheme - Invaliding (PDF)
To view the PDF file (Portable Document Format), you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader®. Click here to get your FREE download of the software.

website Web site: Veterans Agency



new deal logoNew Deal
New Deal is a Government programme that aims to give unemployed people the help and support they need to get into work. It gives people on benefits the help and support they need to look for work, including training and job preparation.

If you are in receipt of disability or health-related benefits but want to work, then the voluntary New Deal for Disabled People could help you.

Everyone on New Deal gets a personal adviser who is his/her point of contact throughout the programme. The personal adviser takes the time to understand you - your experiences, interests and goals - so a plan can be prepared to get you into a suitable job.

You can join the programme if you receive one or more of the following benefits:
  • Incapacity Benefit

  • Severe Disablement Allowance

  • Income Support including a disability premium

  • Income Support because your Incapacity Benefit has been stopped and you are appealing against the decision

  • Pension Credit

  • National Insurance credits because of incapacity (you may get these on their own or with Income Support, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit or War Pension)

  • Disability Living Allowance, provided that you are not getting Jobseeker's Allowance and are not in paid work for 16 hours or more a week

  • Housing Benefit with a disability premium, provided that you are not getting Jobseeker's Allowance and are not in paid work for 16 hours or more a week

  • Council Tax Benefit, provided that you are not getting Jobseeker's Allowance and are not in paid work for 16 hours or more a week

  • War Pension with an Unemployability Supplement

  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit with an Unemployability Supplement

  • A benefit equivalent to Incapacity Benefit from a EU member country
New Deal for Disabled People is a voluntary programme delivered through a network of Job Brokers who have been chosen by Jobcentre Plus because of their experience of working with people with health conditions or disabilities.

The Job Broker will seek to:
  • Understand your situation

  • Discover what kind of work you would like to do

  • Give you advice about the local labour market

  • Discuss with you the most appropriate route into employment

  • Agree with you the next steps to take
As you progress on New Deal for Disabled People, your Job Broker will support you in preparing for and finding work.

This could include:
  • Matching your skills and abilities to the needs of employers

  • Identifying if you have any training needs and then working with local training providers to give you the extra support

  • Helping you through the process of applying for jobs

  • Supporting you during your first six months in work

Your Job Broker will also understand the barriers that might make it difficult for you to work, such as mobility issues or lack of confidence, and they will try to help you with these.

website Web site:  New Deal

Phone Icon Phone: 0800 137 177  |  Textphone: 0800 435 550 - New Deal for Disabled People




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