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Infected Blood Payment Scheme for NI

Infected Blood Payment Scheme for NI

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;

Current Payment Rates >

 

Support Payment Rates for infected beneficiaries

Payment Category 2023/2024
Hepatitis C Stage 1 £21,467
Hepatitis C Stage 1 Enhanced £32,555
Hepatitis C Stage 2 £32,555
Mono HIV £32,555
Co-Infected HIV & Hepatitis C Stage 1 £44,189
Co-Infected HIV & Hepatitis C Stage 1 Enhanced £51,162
Co-Infected HIV & Hepatitis C Stage 2 £51,162
Winter Fuel Payment £618

 

Support Payment Rates for bereaved spouse/partners

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 2023/2024
Hepatitis C Stage 1 £16,100
Hepatitis C Stage 2 £24,417
Mono HIV £24,417
Co-Infected HIV & Hepatitis C Stage 1 £33,141
Co-Infected HIV & Hepatitis C Stage 2 £38,372
Winter Fuel Payment £618

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

 

One Off Lump Sum Payment Rates 2023-2024

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

 

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).

Tax on interest on payments from Scheme / interim compensation payments

Since 1988, successive governments have set up various schemes to provide financial support to individuals infected with Hepatitis C, HIV or both through NHS treatment with contaminated blood products. The longstanding position has been that such ex gratia payments should be exempt from tax.

Following the introduction of new schemes, legislation was introduced in 2017 to ensure that periodical payments to beneficiaries from those schemes were exempt from income tax, in the same way as periodical payments from existing schemes.

The exemption only extends to the periodical payments or annuities in respect of the damages. Any return from investing those sums is not exempted. Once any money received from compensation is invested any interest received on that investment will be taxable in the normal way and should be declared in tax returns and self-assessments. Independent financial advice should be sought as previously advertised.

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.

How to apply

To apply, contact the Infected Blood Payment Scheme for Northern Ireland.

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


  • Contact Us

    Email: bso.ibss@hscni.net

    Telephone: 028 95363817

    Write to Us: 

    Infected Blood Payment Scheme for Northern Ireland

    Business Services Organisation

    Finance Directorate, 2nd Floor

    2 Franklin Street

    Belfast

    BT2 8DQ