Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit

1. Overview

You might get Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB) if you’re ill or disabled:

  • from an accident or disease caused by work
  • while you were on an approved employment training scheme or course

The amount you may get depends on your individual circumstances.

2. What you'll get

The level of your disability will affect the amount of benefit you may get. This will be assessed by a ‘medical advisor’ on a scale of 1 to 100%.

Normally you must be assessed as 14% disabled or more to get the benefit.

All amounts are a guide only:

Assessed level of disablement Weekly amount
100% £166.00
90% £149.40
80% £132.80
70% £116.20
60% £99.60
50% £83.00
40% £66.40
30% £49.80
20% £33.20

3. Eligibility

Accidents

You may be able to claim Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB) if:

  • you were employed when the accident or event happened
  • you were on an approved employment training scheme or course when the accident or event happened
  • the work accident or event that caused your illness or disability happened in England, Scotland or Wales
  • there are some exceptions you can ask your regional Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit Centre about

Diseases

You can claim IIDB if you were employed in a job or were on an approved employment training scheme or course that caused your disease. The scheme covers more than 70 diseases, including:

  • asthma
  • chronic bronchitis or emphysema
  • deafness
  • pneumoconiosis (including silicosis and asbestosis)
  • osteoarthritis of the knee in coal miners
  • prescribed disease A11 (previously known as vibration white finger)
  • diffuse mesothelioma and a number of other asbestos-related diseases such as primary carcinoma of the lung

The scheme also covers asbestos related diseases including:

  • pneumoconiosis (asbestosis)
  • diffuse mesothelioma
  • primary carcinoma of the lung with asbestosis
  • primary carcinoma of the lung without asbestosis but where there has been extensive occupational exposure to asbestos in specified occupations
  • unilateral or bilateral diffuse pleural thickening.

You can get a full list of illnesses from your regional Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit centre.

You can’t claim Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit if you were self-employed.

4. How to claim

Accidents

Print off and fill in form BI100A to claim Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB) for accidents.

Diseases

Print off and fill in form BI100PD to claim IIDB for diseases.

To request a form contact:

Barnsley Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit centre
Telephone: 0345 758 5433
Find out about call charges

Where to send your form

You need to send your form to Barrow Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit Centre if you’re claiming under special provisions. Read the guidance notes in the application form to see if this applies to you.

Barrow Benefit Centre
Post Handling Site B
Wolverhampton
WV99 1RX

Telephone: 0345 603 1358
Textphone: 0345 608 8551
Find out about call charges

For all other claims send your form to Barnsley Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit centre.

Barnsley IIDB Centre
Mail Handling Site A
Wolverhampton
WV98 1SY

Telephone: 0345 758 5433
Textphone: 0345 608 8551
Find out about call charges

5. Further information

What to do if your circumstances change

You, or the person who claims on your behalf, must tell the office that deals with your payments about any changes to your circumstances or personal details. Let them know if:

  • the condition for which you’re getting benefit improves
  • you marry, remarry, or form a civil partnership and change your name
  • you change your address
  • you leave the country
  • you go into prison

You must also report these if you receive Unemployability Supplement, which topped up Industrial Disablement Supplement until 1987.

Other benefits you may be able to get

Pneumoconiosis Etc. (Workers’ Compensation) Act 1979

Jobcentre Plus may pay you a lump sum if you have one of the following diseases:

  • pneumoconiosis
  • byssinosis
  • diffuse mesothelioma
  • bilateral diffuse pleural thickening
  • primary carcinoma of the lung when accompanied by asbestosis or bilateral diffuse pleural thickening

To get a payment under this scheme you must meet all the following conditions:

  • your dust-related disease must have been caused by your employment
  • you’re getting Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit for one of the listed diseases
  • you must claim within 12 months of the decision awarding Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
  • you can’t or haven’t taken civil action because your former employer has stopped trading
  • you haven’t brought a court action or received compensation from an employer in respect of the disease

You may be able to make a claim if you’re the dependant of someone who suffered from a dust-related disease but who has died. A dependant claim must be made within 12 months of the death of the sufferer.

Diffuse mesothelioma payment

The scheme covers people whose exposure to asbestos occurred in the United Kingdom and are not entitled to a payment under the Pneumoconiosis etc (Workers’ Compensation) Act 1979.
 For example:

  • they came into contact with asbestos from a relative - eg by washing their clothes
  • their exposure to asbestos was while self-employed

You may be able to claim a one-off lump sum payment if you:

  • are unable to make a claim under the 1979 Pneumoconiosis Act
  • haven’t received payment in respect of the disease from an employer, a civil claim or elsewhere
  • aren’t entitled to compensation from a Ministry of Defence scheme

Constant Attendance Allowance (CAA)

You can claim CAA for accidents where your disability is assessed at 100% and you need daily care and attention.

The CAA rate you’re paid is based on an assessment of your needs.

Exceptionally Severe Disablement Allowance

You can claim £66.40 paid in addition to the CAA rates, if you’re assessed at one of the top two rates of CAA and need permanent, constant care and attention.

Reduced Earnings Allowance (REA)

You may get REA if:

  • you can’t do your usual job or other work with similar pay because of an accident or disease caused by work
  • you have a disability or injury which began before 1 October 1990

Effects on other benefits

You can still get Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB) if you’re claiming:

IIDB will affect the following benefits if you or your partner are claiming them:

It may also affect Council Tax Reduction - contact your local council for more information.

Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit Centres

Barrow Benefit Centre
Post Handling Site B
Wolverhampton
WV99 1RX

Telephone: 0345 603 1358
Textphone: 0345 608 8551
Find out about call charges

Barnsley IIDB Centre
Mail Handling Site A
Wolverhampton
WV98 1SY

Telephone: 0345 758 5433
Textphone: 0345 608 8551
Find out about call charges

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Source: gov.uk