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Non Means-Tested Benefits

These are benefits you may be entitlted to regardless of your income and savings.  These include:

  • Jobseekers Allowance
  • Incapacity Benefit
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Carers Allowance
  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
  • Reduced Earnings Allowance
  • War Disablement Pension

This is a summary of the benefits and the conditions you need to satisfy to qualify for each.


Jobseekers Allowance (contribution based) (contributory)

  • must satisfy contribution conditions (2 tax years before current benefit year)
  • not earn more than a specified amount (eg single person £60.64)
  • any pension over £50 per week reduces this benefit pound for pound

Incapacity Benefit (contributory)

  • must be assessed as incapable of work
  • not entitled to Statutory Sick Pay
  • not more than 5 years over retirement age on first claim and period of incapacity begins before retirement age
  • contributions paid (or partly credited) in relevant tax years (unless under age 25 in certain circumstances)

Disability Living Allowance (non-contributory)

  • under 65 when first claim
  • have care needs
  • have mobility needs

To find out more about Disability Living Allowance and how we can help, click here

Attendance Allowance (non-contributory)

  • over 65
  • same as Disability Living Allowance except no lower rate care and no mobility component

Carers Allowance (non-contributory)

  • caring at least 35 hours per week for person who gets middle or higher rate Disability Living Allowance, or Attendance Allowance (or Constant Attendance Allowance
  • not earn more than £82.00 per week
  • can't receive at the same time as Retirement Pension, Incapacity Benefit or other "earnings replacement" benefits

Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (non-contributory)

  • must have been employed
  • have suffered personal injury as result of accident or prescribed industrial disease
  • loss of faculty and disabled as a result
  • 90 days since injury or accident (unless disease is mesothelioma)

Reduced Earnings Allowance (non-contributory)

  • satisfy Industrial Injury condition for injury before 1 October 1990
  • under pension age
  • disablement is at least 1% and permanent

War Disablement Pension (non-contributory)

  • injury caused or made worse by service in Armed Forces
  • injury or disease as a civilian during Second World War
  • injury or disease during service in Gulf, Falklands, Suez or Korea
  • dependant of someone who died as a result of above
  • supplementary allowances for mobility, constant attendance allowance, unemployability etc