Although there is no set time limit imposed on ill health applications, a common sense approach will be applied by us when an application to claim benefit is received. For example:
- If a member qualifies for Tier 1 benefits and continues to work in their existing job, Tier 1 should not have been applicable as the member has been able to continue working in the same job.
- If a member qualifies for Tier 2 benefits and continues to work in any capacity, Tier 2 should not have been applicable as this was awarded on the basis that the member could not work in any capacity.
There is no benefit to delaying or deferring payment of an ill health award. If an extended amount of time passes between the acceptance of an application and the benefits being claimed, we would investigate this and potentially request that the member reapply for ill health retirement.