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Incapacity Benefit

Incapacity Benefits Team

Social Security Division

Markwell House

Market Street



Telephone:+44 1624 685108 or +44 1624 685109

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If you become sick and are unable to work you could get financial help through Incapacity Benefit (IB).

Basic qualifying conditions

To qualify you must be ordinarily resident on the Island at the time of your claim.

You must be normally under State Pension age, however you may receive short term Incapacity Benefit at the Retirement Pension rate for up to 52 weeks if your illness or disability:

  • Began before you reached pension age, or
  • Is linked to a period of incapacity for work before you reached pension age

Entitlement to IB is based on the National Insurance contributions you have paid. Any savings you may have are ignored when deciding if you qualify.

If you are claiming incapacity benefit you (and any partner you have) can be required to take part in work-focused conversations as a condition for you retaining your full benefit.

Applying for Incapacity Benefit

Make your claim as soon as your incapacity starts. Download SC1 claim form or contact us for a paper copy.

If you are claiming for any periods over 7 days, please include a medical certificate from your doctor.

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