Incapacity Benefit questions


T

The Quill

My position :

I am 43 and left work a month ago,

I have diabetes, high blood pressure, frequent gout attacks,
back trouble from a slipped discs and nocturnal epilepsy.

Apart from the gout /slipped discs the others are controlled by
tablets.


My questions :

1) How much do you get on incapacity benefit ?

2) How long can you be on incapacity benefit for ?

3) Whats the proceedure for claiming incapacity benefit ?

4) Are there only certain illnesses that the social will accept as
being valid for claimimg incapacity benefit ?

5) Does my doctor need to recommened me for incapacity benefit or do I
have to ask him first ?
 
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W

Whiskers

My position :

I am 43 and left work a month ago,

I have diabetes, high blood pressure, frequent gout attacks,
back trouble from a slipped discs and nocturnal epilepsy.

Apart from the gout /slipped discs the others are controlled by
tablets.


My questions :

1) How much do you get on incapacity benefit ?

2) How long can you be on incapacity benefit for ?

3) Whats the proceedure for claiming incapacity benefit ?

4) Are there only certain illnesses that the social will accept as
being valid for claimimg incapacity benefit ?

5) Does my doctor need to recommened me for incapacity benefit or do I
have to ask him first ?
DWP - Services and benefits <http://www.dwp.gov.uk/lifeevent/benefits/>.

Money, tax and benefits : Directgov
<http://www.direct.gov.uk/MoneyTaxAndBenefits/fs/en>.

Free guides to claiming disability living allowance, attendance allowance
and incapacity benefit <http://www.bhas.org.uk/>.
 
M

Mike

The said:
My position :

I am 43 and left work a month ago,

I have diabetes, high blood pressure, frequent gout attacks,
back trouble from a slipped discs and nocturnal epilepsy.

Apart from the gout /slipped discs the others are controlled by
tablets.


My questions :

1) How much do you get on incapacity benefit ?
Assuming you satisfy the NI contribution conditions, it varies there are
set rates depending upon how long you are on it and dependants
additions. Some types of income is taken into account.
Income Supportcan be claimed as a supplement to IB (or if you haven't
enough NI).
2) How long can you be on incapacity benefit for ?
Until you reach pensionable age (60 women 65 men at the mo) or you are
fit (or are considered to be!) for work.
3) Whats the proceedure for claiming incapacity benefit ?
Ring your local jobcentre plus office, they don't encourage callers with
out an appointment.
4) Are there only certain illnesses that the social will accept as
being valid for claimimg incapacity benefit ?
No

5) Does my doctor need to recommened me for incapacity benefit or do I
have to ask him first ?
No but you will need a doctors cretificate after the first 7 days of
sickness including backdating periods.

Mike
 
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David

I am 43 and left work a month ago,

I have diabetes, high blood pressure, frequent gout attacks,
back trouble from a slipped discs and nocturnal epilepsy.

Apart from the gout /slipped discs the others are controlled by
tablets.


My questions :

1) How much do you get on incapacity benefit ?
2) How long can you be on incapacity benefit for ?
3) Whats the proceedure for claiming incapacity benefit ?
4) Are there only certain illnesses that the social will accept
as being valid for claimimg incapacity benefit ?
5) Does my doctor need to recommened me for incapacity benefit
or do I have to ask him first ?

Quill, many of the other guys in the group are specialists but I am a
claimant no more than two steps ahead of you.

The thing which I was most surprised about regarding IB was that it
is not the illness but the symptoms that are important. So,
theoretically, you can have all sorts of horrible illnesses but if
you can function well then you are not consided incapable.

On the other hand you can't claim a range of disparate random
symptoms because there may later be a "truth test" where the doctor
asks what exactly you have got wrong with you and which give rise to
your symtoms.

You're going to need a doctor's note pretty much at the same time as
your application.

Don't forget, I am not a specialist just someone feeling his way
forward like yourelf. I found these links useful but YMMV.

(1) The 'All Work Test' Calculator: http://www.ldmeg.org.uk/awt.html

(2) Incapacity Benefit – The Personal Capability Assessment (IB214)
http://www.dwp.gov.uk/publications/dwp/2003/ib214_oct.pdf

(3) Presentation Of Disability
http://www.dwp.gov.uk/medical/dlahandbook-pdfs/chapter2.pdf

Finally, don't research much more until you have requested an
application because your claim is quite likely to be backdated to the
request date.
 

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