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Incapacity Benefit can be paid to people based on the number of National Insurance contributions they have paid or been credited, or may be claimed under the youth provisions if they were sick or disabled when they were 16 or over but under 20 (25 if they were in education or training before age 20).People who have reached state pension age cannot normally get Incapacity Benefit.You may be eligible for other benefits, you can find out more at Citizens Advice, What Benefits Can I Get?
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.
Please contact us to find out if you are eligible to claim.
You won't be eligible for Housing Benefit if you are an asylum seeker or if you have been sponsored to be in the UK – for example on a work programme.
The same applies if you are aged 20 or over but under 25, and you were in education or training for at least 3 months before your 20th birthday.
There are several different rates of IB For the first 28 weeks of incapacity you can get the short-term lower rate.You are not eligible for Housing Benefit if: If you have savings or capital of more than £16,000 you will not be eligible for Housing Benefit.If you rent your home from the Crown or a government department, you are not eligible for Housing Benefit unless your home is managed by the Crown Estates Commissioners.You are only able to claim Housing Benefit if you are a UK or Irish Republic national.Since April 2014 if you are a European Economic Area (EEA) national, you can only claim Housing Benefit if: You can usually only claim Housing Benefit if you are on a low income.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.