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    bgscotty
    Early retirement on medical grounds - a few benefit queries
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    • 7th Dec 07, 9:21 AM
    Early retirement on medical grounds - a few benefit queries 7th Dec 07 at 9:21 AM
    Hello gang!

    I would be grateful for your advice and comments on my specific query and situation.

    On 19 October 2007, I took early retirement from employment on medical grounds (a progressive neurological condition).

    As part of this, I will receive a pension of 5100 (approx.) a year.

    The pension will be my sole source of income, though I currently receive Disability Living Allowance at high rates for both the care and mobility components.

    I have less than 2000 in savings.

    I have not yet claimed the following benefits, but would like to know:

    - Is the pension, because it is a result of early retirement on medical grounds (a disability), classed as tax-free income?


    - Incapacity Benefit - how does my pension income affect my eligibility to claim? Is Incapacity Benefit classed as tax-free income? how does claiming D.L.A. and Income Support affect entitlement?

    - Income Support - how does my pension income affect my eligibility to claim? how does claiming D.L.A. and Incapacity Benefit affect entitlement?

    - Are there any other issues regarding the combination of D.L.A., Incapacity Benefit, and Income Support?

    All hints and tips gratefully received.

    Thank you in advance for your help.

    Scotty
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