No increase in Social Security SSI disability benefits in 2011

Social Security announced today that there will be no increase in Social Security Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability benefits for 2011. The Federal Benefit Rate (FBR) – the maximum monthly rate for SSI benefits – will stay at $674 for individuals per month, and $1,011 per month for couples.

Historically, SSI benefits have increased annually. The last increase was in 2009 increasing maximum SSI benefits from $639 to $674. This makes 2011 the third year in a row that SSI benefits are staying at the same rate. More information about changes to Social Security in 2011 including substantial gainful activity (SGA) and trial work period (TWP) amounts can be found here.

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  • http://www.socialsecurity-disability.org/content/how-apply Get disability

    Is that a result of the weakness of the management of US public finance? In the meanwhile people are still struggling…

  • Dolores_adams08

    my rent is riseing my bills are rising my ca payments and the cost of living is rediculas i haqve two kids and cant work what is this world comming to? think about it how am i suppost to take4 care of my kjids sho9uld i just let them go to the state n let them cme out thei pocket and take care of them help what am i suppost to do????????? WE NEED RISES AND HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Vohailamson

    request a proof of income letter

  • Vohailamson

    request a proof of income letter

  • edna edwards

    IM A 43 YEAROLD THATS BEEN ON DISABILITY FOR SEVERAL YEARS NOW, DUE TO HAVING TWO BACK SURGERYS, THEY DONT LET ME DRAW THE FULL AMOUNT ALLOWED, SO YES IT IS HARD FOR EVERYONE THATS ON DISABILITY WHEN IT COMES TO PAYING BILLS EVERY MONTH, ONCE YOU PAY YOUR BILLS YOU DONT HAVE ANYTHING LEFT, ITS A STRUGGLE LIVING ON DISABILITY, THEY NEED TO RAISE OUR CHECKS INSTEAD OF WORRYING BOUT HELPING OTHER COUNTRIES, THEY NEED TO WORRY BOUT HELPING THIER OWN, THEY NEED TO CONSIDER RAISING THE CHECKS DUE TO THE COST OF LIVING….

  • James S. Taylor

    I’ll bet all the beauacrates in Washington got a raise. I am 100% VA disability.VietNam combat injury and unemployable,so I am stuck living on a fixed income. We haven’t had a raise in so long I have forgot when the last time was. Heck I would be happy with 1%,but apparently the ones of us that have paid in and earned it don’t mean anything to the big wheels.

  • Adejoe

    I am a disabled Korean Vet.I cannot believe how us Vets have had no increase in three years in our disability payments and the Congress votes theirs raise twice in that time.Whats worse this fact is being ignorned.Yet we can make sure illegals and minorities get theirs. What a disgrace!

  • http://www.Planet10Tech.com TomaszStasiuk

    Well, illegal aliens are not eligible for Social Security: http://www.socialsecurityinsider.com/2011/03/can-non-citizens-receive-social-security-ssi-disability-benefits/

    or: http://www.factcheck.org/2009/03/social-security-for-illegal-immigrants/
    or: http://www.snopes.com/politics/immigration/socialsecurity.asp

    If you have a problem with minorities getting Social Security, well, I don’t even know what to tell you.

    If you want to churn and bite your neighbor (who’s also not getting an increase) because of their ethnicity or national origin, you *know* better. I doubt that was how you were raised. And you know that’s counterproductive.

    However, are you sure you are getting SSI? For many vets, VA disability benefits make them ineligible for SSI. Instead they get Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), not SSI. SSDI is based on contribution to Social Security. And this article has nothing to do with SSDI benefit amounts. Just FYI.

    Adejoe, thank you for your service to this country. Just don’t be starting fights with people who are no better off than you are.

  • Rickshell99

    Now why doesnt that surprise me? Everything else goes sky high but the old folks have to suck it up another year.
    I wonder if the government employees would accept that? You and I both know thats not to happen.
    I see our senators and congress men didnt make any effort at all to pass up their chance at a raise.

  • http://www.Planet10Tech.com TomaszStasiuk

    Hey Rick,

    Actually, and I am surprised by this as well, Congress and federal employees did not take raises in either 2010 or 2011. Congress voted in 1989 to automatically give themselves annual raises, resulting in a doubling of their salaries since that time (nice work if you can get it). However, for the last 2 years, all federal employee salaries have been frozen.

    See: http://www.newsobserver.com/2011/02/17/995175/congress-looks-at-its-own-salaries.html
    and http://money.cnn.com/2010/12/22/news/economy/federal_pay_freeze/index.htm

    Don’t worry, there plenty of other things to get upset with Congress about: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/harry-reids-high-stakes-china-gamble/2011/04/21/AFGH8cKE_story.html

  • Deborah W. Williams

    will ssi checks increase in 2012?