Infected Blood Payment Scheme for NI

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, tissue or blood products.

The Business Service Organistation (BSO) administers this scheme on behalf of the Department of Health and should be first point of contact.

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, blood products or tissue. 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.

Support Available

The Scheme offers various types of financial support, including:

  • one off ex gratia payments in relation to HIV, chronic & advanced Hepatitis C;
  • one off ex gratia payment in relation to widows, widowers and partners of deceased beneficiaries;
  • monthly or quarterly support payments for infected beneficiaries;
  • annual winter fuel payment;
  • discretionary one off grant support;
  • discretionary income top-up support (means-tested).

Support Payment Rates 2019-2020

Payment Category Annual Amount
Hepatitis C Stage 1 £4,096
Hepatitis C Stage 2 £18,432
Mono HIV £18,432
Co Infected HIV & Hepatitis C Stage 1 £22,528
Co Infected HIV & Hepatitis C Stage 2 £36,864
Winter Fuel Payment £531

How payments affect tax and benefits

If you live in the UK, payments from the Infected Blood Payment Scheme NI will not affect your 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 don’t count 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.

You're 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, contact the BSO (details below). BSO can provide you with a letter to confirm payments you have received 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
 
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