Incapacity Benefit has been replaced by Employment Support Allowance.
You can no longer make a new claim for Incapacity Benefit. If you are unable to work due to sickness or disability you can apply for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) instead.
If you currently claim Incapacity benefit you will be invited to apply for Employment and Support Allowance.
Where to get benefits advice
You can get benefits advice from a local independent service. They can help guide you through the application process and explain how some benefits may impact upon another:
- Citizens Advice Newcastle give advice to anyone in Newcastle
- Newcastle Welfare Rights Service give advice to people in priority groups including those over 65. They have self help material on their website.
- Search Newcastle give benefits advice to older people in the West of Newcastle
- Find more about benefit advice services available across Newcastle.
Last updated: May 3, 2019