Disability Assistances

Overview

 
 
The Assistance for a Disability is given to individuals that suffer from a disability falling within the following 4 categories:
 
  • Increased Severe Disability Assistance – this is awarded to persons aged 16 years and over that are rated 0-4 Barthel Index and suffering from a condition outlined in the Social Security Act (cap 318).
  • Severe Disability Assistance – this is awarded to persons aged 16 years and over and suffering from a condition outlined in the Social Security Act (Cap 318).
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  • Disability Assistance – this awarded to persons aged 16 years and over who suffer from total paralysis or permanent  total sever malfunction or permanent total disease whether through amputation or otherwise of one of the upper or lower limb. Assistance for the Visually Impaired – this is awarded to persons aged 14 years and over who are completely or partially visually impaired.
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  • As from January 2014, the employers of persons in receipt of Severe Disability Assistance, Disability Assistance and Assistance for the Visually Impaired are exempt from paying Social Security contributions for the first 156 days of employment.
 
 
 

Eligibility

 
 
Increased Severe Disability Assistance (ISDA)
 
  • This is an assistance awarded to those persons aged 16 years and over that are rated 0-4 on the Barthel Index and are absolutely unable to work.
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  • Has been suffering from the disability prior to reaching the age of sixty.
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  • This assistance does not require a means test.
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  • The provisions of Article 90 of the Social Security Act (Cap 318) “Duplicate Rights” apply.
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  • The Multi Disciplinary Board decides whether the case falls within the medical parameters and following the assessment of the Barthel Index.
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  • The Pink Form is awarded automatically.
 
 
Severe Disability Assistance (SDA)
 
  • This is an assistance awarded to persons with a disability aged 16 years and over that can be engaged in a gainful occupation. Applicants are not filtered according to their owned capital. However, any other income that is not part of the applicant’s main employment must not exceed the minimum wage. If this income does exceed the minimum wage, the difference by which this is exceeded is deducted from the awarded rate.
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  • Persons that were eligible for the Disabled Child Allowance prior to turning 16 years of age must still be examined by a medical board. In these cases persons that were late to apply for this assistance will receive payments in arrears.
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  • Persons turning 60 years of age will have their entitlement increased to the equivalent of the Age Pension rate. 
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  • Has been suffering from the disability prior to reaching the age of sixty. The provisions of Article 90 of the Social Security Act (Cap 318) “Duplicate Rights” apply.
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  • This assistance is means tested on the same lines of current legislation.
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  • The Medical Board decides whether the case falls within the medical parameters for the payment of this assistance.
 
 
Disability Assistance (DA)
 
  • This is assistance will be given to persons over 16 years of age suffering from total paralysis or permanent  total sever malfunction or permanent total disease whether through amputation or otherwise of one of the upper or lower limb. Persons eligible for this Assistance can also be engaged in a gainful occupation. 
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  • Applicants are not filtered according to their owned capital. However, any other income that is not part of the applicant’s main employment must not exceed the minimum wage. If this income does exceed the minimum wage, the difference by which this is exceeded is deducted from the rate payable for a Severe Disability Assistance.
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  • Has been suffering from the disability prior to reaching the age of sixty.
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  • The provisions of Article 90 of the Social Security Act (Cap 318) “Duplicate Rights” apply.
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  • The Disability Assistance is means tested on the same lines of current legislation.
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  • The Medical Board decides whether the case falls within the medical parameters for the payment of this assistance.
 
 
Assistance for the Visually Impaired (BLD)
 
 
  • This is awarded to persons aged 14 years and over who are completely or partially visually impaired. These can also be engaged in gainful occupation.
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  • Applicants are not filtered according to their owned capital. However, any other income that is not part of the applicant’s main employment must not exceed the minimum wage. If this income does exceed the minimum wage, the difference by which this is exceeded is deducted from the awarded rate.
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  • Persons turning 60 years of age will have their entitlement increased to the equivalent of the Age Pension rate. 
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  • Persons who are in receipt of the Disabled Child Allowance and reach the age of 14, will not be examined by a medical panel once they apply for this assistance.
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  • Has been suffering from the visual impairment prior to reaching the age of sixty.
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  • The provisions of Article 90 of the Social Security Act (Cap 318) “Duplicate Rights” apply.
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  • This assistance is means tested on the same lines of current legislation.
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  • The Medical Board decides whether the case falls within the medical parameters of the payment of this assistance.
 
 

Documents Required

 
 
A filled in application form indicating the type of assistance being applied for. The application form available is common for all types of assistances offered. In conjunction to this application one must also submit:
 
 
Increased Severe Disability Assistance
  • A filled in copy of the relevant Specialist Report  AP5A or AP5B (available for download).
 
Severe Disability Assistance
  • A filled in copy of the relevant Specialist Report AP5A or AP5B (available for download).
 
 
Disability Assistance
  • A filled in copy of the relevant Specialist Report AP5D (available for download).
 
 
Assistance for the Visually Impaired
  • A filled in copy of the relevant Specialist Report AP5C (available for download)
 
 

Payments

 
 
Payments for the assistances mentioned above are issued every four weeks in advance. Should you wish to know the precise day the payment will be issued, please refer to our Payment Dates section by clicking here.
 
 
Alternatively, the benefit rates payable can be viewed by accessing our Benefit Payment Rates page.
 

​ How to Apply

 
 
You can also call at any Social Security Office (view list here) and apply there.
 
 
Alternatively, you can download a copy of the form by visiting our  Application Form