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If I were to inherit, or receive a lump sum, how would this

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If I were to inherit, or receive a lump sum, how would this affect my receipt of Disability benefits? Thank you
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 2 years ago.
Hi.
Thank you for your question. My name is ***** ***** I will try to help with this.
If you are in receipt of disability living allowance then it will not be affected as it is non means tested.
If you are in receipt of other benefits that are means tested then that will be affected. If this sum is over £16k then your means tested benefits will be removed until the sum is used to maintain you.
There is continual talk of making DLA means tested but it hasn't happened yet.
You do still need to declare it.
Can I clarify anything for you?
Jo
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Do you mean £16k income or savings?

Obviously IS is means tested, but are SDA, Council tax exemption, child tax credit, child benefit?

Hello Jo! :-)

Did you receive my follow-on question (above)?

Thanks

Kathy

Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Also, Jo, can you please tell me if there there is a certain level of inheritance below which I might retain my benefits? Thank you so much

Expert:  Jo C. replied 2 years ago.
£16k is any lump sum form.
DLA is not means tested.
Usually with means tested benefits they will not complain about a lump sum of under £5k.
Council tax exemption, child tax credit would be lost but not child benefit. At least not for now. There is talk it could become means tested.
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Thanks very much indeed. this helps me.

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