Infected Blood Payment Scheme for NI

Announcement:

Health Minister Robin Swann has announced new payments to beneficiaries of the Northern Ireland Infected Blood Payment Scheme. Please click on the following link which details the new payments.

https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/news/new-infected-blood-payments-introduced

The Infected Blood Payment Scheme for Northern Ireland is a payment scheme to provide support for individuals and their families, who have been infected with, or otherwise affected by HIV, Hepatitis C, or both, following treatment with NHS-supplied blood or blood products.

Eligibility 

You may be entitled to receive financial support if you were infected with, or otherwise affected by, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) prior to 17th February 1992  and/or Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) prior to 1st September 1991, as a result of treatment with NHS blood or blood products. The treatment leading to Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and/or Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) must have been received in Northern Ireland,even if the individual eligible now lives in another country. Bereaved spouses, civil partners and long term partners of those infected with HIV or Hepatitis C as a result of treatment with NHS blood or blood products, who themselves were not infected, may also be eligible for support if they were co-habiting at the time of death.

Support Available

The Scheme offers various types of financial support, including:

  • monthly or quarterly support payments for infected beneficiaries;
  • monthly or quarterly support payments for non-infected bereaved spouses, civil partners and long term partners;
  • one off ex gratia payments in relation to HIV, chronic and advanced Hepatitis C;
  • one off ex gratia bereavement payment in relation to spouses, civil partners and long term partners of deceased beneficiaries;
  • annual winter fuel payment;
  • discretionary one off grant support;

Support Payment Rates for infected beneficiaries 2021-2022

 

Payment Category

Annual Amount

Hepatitis C Stage 1

£18,912

Hepatitis C Stage 2

£28,680

Mono HIV

£28,680

Co-Infected HIV & Hepatitis C Stage 1

£38,928

Co-Infected HIV & Hepatitis C Stage 2

£45,072

Winter Fuel Payment

£544

 

Support Payment Rates for bereaved spouse/partners 2021-2022

Bereaved beneficiaries will receive 100% of their deceased spouse/partner’s rate in the first year and then 75% of that rate from the second year onwards.

 

Payment Category

Annual Amount (75% of infected beneficiary payment rate)

Hepatitis C Stage 1

£14,184

Hepatitis C Stage 2

£21,510

Mono HIV

£21,510

Co-Infected HIV & Hepatitis C Stage 1

£29,196

Co-Infected HIV & Hepatitis C Stage 2

£33,804

Winter Fuel Payment

£544

 

One Off Lump Sum Payment Rates 2021-2022

 

Payment Category

Maximum Payment Amount

Hepatitis C Stage 1

£50,000

Hepatitis C Stage 2

£20,000

Mono HIV

£80,500  

Co-Infected HIV & Hepatitis C Stage 1

£130,500  

Co-Infected HIV & Hepatitis C Stage 2

£100,500  

Bereaved Spouse/Partner/Estates

£10,000

 

If you live in the UK, payments from the Infected Blood Payment Scheme NI will not affect your tax and benefits.

How payments affect tax and benefits

Income Tax

Any lump sum or regular payments from the scheme, such as annual payments or income top-up support, are not taxable. This means that the Infected Blood Payment Scheme for Northern Ireland does not need to deduct Income Tax from your payments.

You don’t need to declare the payments in any income tax return you submit to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Benefits

Payments from the scheme are not taken into account when applying for any of the following means-tested benefits from the Department for Communities:

  • Income support
  • Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • State Pension Credit
  • Housing Benefit
  • Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Universal Credit

This means that your income and any grants from the scheme are not taken into account when the Department for Communities assess your application.

However, you are still required to declare to the Department for Communities any payments that you receive from the scheme.  

If you don’t tell the Department for Communities about payments received from the scheme, they won’t be able to determine what money they should ignore. This might mean any benefits that depend on the amount of money you have could be affected. If you have any problems, let us know. We can provide you with a letter to confirm payments you have received from us and inform the Department for Communities to disregard our payments to you.

Making a claim

The UK support schemes ( Eileen Trust, MacFarlane Trust, MFET Ltd, Skipton Fund & Caxton Foundation) are no longer in operation and there is no option available to continue to receive payments from these schemes. If you would like to apply to the Infected Blood Payment Scheme for Northern Ireland for the first time or if you have any queries please contact the scheme by email (bso.ibss@hscni.net), telephone (028 9536 3817) or in writing to:-

Infected Blood Payment Scheme for Northern Ireland

Business Services Organisation

Finance Directorate 2nd Floor

2 Franklin Street

Belfast

BT2 8DQ