Simple Benefits Guide
The welfare benefits system is divided into two categories, non means tested and means tested benefits.
Non Means Tested Benefits
Child benefit: Paid for children in full Time Education up to 19 years of age.
Statutory Sick Pay: Paid by employers up to 28 weeks of continued absence from work due to sickness.
Incapacity Benefit: Paid after 28 weeks if the individual is still unfit to resume employment. (This benefit is taxable). Note it is common for claimants of this benefit to be asked to complete an "All Work Questionnaire" and in some cases attend a medical examination by the Employment Medical Officer (EMO).
Disability Living Allowance: This benefit is divided into two Sections Mobility and Care Components; Age limits Children over 6 months old and adults up to their 65th Birthday.
Attendance Allowance: Paid to individuals over their 65th Birthday.
Carers Allowance: Paid to Carers under pensionable age providing the Cared for is in receipt of DLA
Middle Rate/ high Rate Care Component or Attendance Allowance, and the claimant not in full time employment or earning more than the permitted earnings limit.
State Pension: Taxable income.
Fuel Allowance: £200 paid to all Pensioners over the age of 60yrs Old.
Means Tested Benefits
To qualify for any means tested benefits applicants need to satisfy the criteria identified on application forms:-
Note some of these benefits are paid by the Benefits Agency and some paid by the Inland Revenue*
If you are in receipt if any of these benefits they could be a passport to other benefits and concessions.
1. Free Dental Care, Free Eye Tests and Vouchers for Spectacles,
Concessions are dependant upon the Local Authority and may vary throughout the country
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