If you live in the UK, payments from the England Infected Blood Support Scheme (EIBSS) will not affect your tax and benefits.
Any lump sum or regular payments from the scheme, such as annual payments or income top-up support, are not taxable. This means that EIBSS 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).
Payments from the scheme don’t count when applying for any of the following means-tested benefits from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP):
- 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 DWP assesses your application.
You're still required to declare to DWP any payments that you receive from the scheme.
If you don’t tell DWP 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.
Any payments that you receive from EIBSS should be ignored when calculating your income and any capital you have (such as savings) if you apply to your local council for a reduction in your council tax bill.
If you get queries about your income from the scheme
If you get any queries from authorities such as DWP, HMRC or your local council, you can inform them of this guidance.
If you have further problems or they invite you to formal interview, let us know. We can provide you with a letter to confirm payments you have received from us. We'll tell these authorities to disregard our payments to you.