Incapacity Benefit is only paid to existing claimants who couldn’t work because of illness or disability before 31 January 2011
In January 2011, Incapacity Benefit was replaced by Employment and Support Allowance for all new claimants.
If you are still receiving Incapacity Benefit (or Income Support through incapacity) you will be transferred to Employment and Support Allowance at some point. All claims are expected to be transferred by spring 2014.
Your claim will be assessed using the work capability assessment that we describe on the Employment and Support Allowance page.
However, if you are due to reach State Pension age before 6 April 2014, you won’t be transferred and will continue to receive Incapacity Benefit.
Everyone who continues to get Incapacity Benefit will receive the long-term weekly rate of £101.35.