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Overlapping Benefit rule

The overlapping benefit rules mean that sometimes you may qualify for two or more earnings replacements benefits but you cannot be paid more than one benefit at the same time.

Overlapping benefits split into contributory and non-contributory benefits. You cannot be fully paid for any two of the below benefits at the same time.

Contributory benefits:

State Retirement Pension

Contribution based Jobseeker's Allowance

Contribution based Employment and Support Allowance

Incapacity Benefit

Maternity Allowance

Bereavement Allowance

Widowed Mother's/Parent's Allowance

Widow's Pension

Non-contributory benefits:

Carer's Allowance

Severe Disablement Allowance

If you can’t be paid Carer’s Allowance because of this rule, you have an ‘underlying entitlement’ to Carer’s Allowance instead.

This might mean you could get:

the carer premiums in Jobseeker’s Allowance and Income Support

the extra amount for carers in Pension Credit

the carer element in Universal Credit


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