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Incapacity Benefit or Income Support paid on the grounds of incapacity

Incapacity Benefit and Income Support paid on the grounds of incapacity are social security benefits that have been replaced by Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).

Who are they for?

Incapacity Benefit or Income Support paid on the grounds of incapacity were benefits for people who were unable to work. People who are still getting these benefits are being reassessed under the Employment and Support Allowance work capability assessment process.

If this situation applies to you and the assessment shows that you have limited capability for work, you’ll be moved onto Employment and Support Allowance. If you don’t meet the criteria for Employment and Support Allowance, you could apply for Jobseeker’s Allowance  instead or appeal the decision.

The rates of Incapacity Benefit or Income Support paid on the grounds of incapacity are similar to the rates of Employment and Support Allowance.

How to claim

You can’t make a new claim for Incapacity Benefit or Income Support paid on the grounds of incapacity. You’d most likely have to claim Employment and Support Allowance instead.

Useful links

Disability Rights UK  - Employment and Support Allowance

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