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 works out:

  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
  • 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

Appendix 1 has a list of diseases covered by the Industrial Injuries Scheme. These are called ‘prescribed diseases’.

Published 31 October 2013
Last updated 11 July 2023 + show all updates
  1. Updated paragraph 7.6 'Effects on other benefits' relating to Exceptionally Severe Disablement Allowance.

  2. Updated the description of disease A15 Dupuytren's contracture.

  3. Added Dupuytren's contracture (disease number A15) to the list of diseases covered by Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit in appendix 1.

  4. Amended the descriptions of diseases B15 anaphylaxis and D6 carcinoma of the nasal cavity or associated air sinuses (nasal carcinoma). Corrected descriptions of diseases A1 leukaemia (other than chronic lymphocytic leukaemia) or primary cancer of the bone, bladder, breast, colon, liver, lung, ovary, stomach, testis or thyriod; B6 extrinsic allergic alveolitis; C34 extrinsic allergic alveolitis; D9 unilateral or bilateral diffuse pleural thickening.

  5. Amended appendix 1: List of diseases covered by Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit - disease numbers A1, B6 and D9. Added new disease number C34.

  6. 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.

  7. Amendments made as a result of changes to Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit Centre contact details.

  8. Changed the address of the International Pensions Centre (IPC) at section 13.5.

  9. First published.