Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefits: technical guidance

Find out what Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefits are, how they are worked out, the eligibility rules and how to apply.



The Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefits technical guidance (DB1) is intended for use by professional and voluntary advisers, and by members of the public who want more information. It explains who is entitled to, how to claim and how DWP work out:

  • Industrial Injuries Scheme
  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
  • industrial accidents
  • prescribed diseases
  • Constant Attendance Allowance
  • Exceptionally Severe Disablement Allowance
  • Reduced Earnings Allowance
  • Retirement Allowance
  • Unemployability Supplement
  • additional payment for people whose employer has gone out of business
  • simplification changes under the Welfare Reform Act 2012
Published 31 October 2013
Last updated 30 March 2017 + show all updates
  1. Amended appendix 1: List of diseases covered by Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit - disease numbers A1, B6 and D9. Added new disease number C34.
  2. Amended chapter 5 - prescribed diseases and chapter 14 - appendix 1. Changes due to the prescribed disease legislative change outlined in Social Security (Industrial Injuries) Amendment Regulations 2015, including changing the name of chronic bronchitis and emphysema to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
  3. Amendments made as a result of changes to Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit Centre contact details.
  4. Changed the address of the International Pensions Centre (IPC) at section 13.5.
  5. First published.