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Are you entitled to Severe Disability Premium?

Are you entitled to Severe Disability Premium?

A Severe Disability Premium is an extra amount that is included in some income-related benefits to help with the cost of disability. Many people don’t know about it and miss out.

If you qualify for Severe Disability Premium (SDP), you'll receive around £65 per week extra and you may not need to move onto Universal Credit if you have change in circumstance.

In the future, if you're moved over onto Universal Credit, your level of benefits income will be protected if you're still getting the SDP.

The rules are complicated, but you could be eligible for SDP if all of the 4 points below apply to you.

1. You receive one or more of these benefits:

  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Housing Benefit

2. You also receive one of these:

  • Daily Living Component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • Middle or High Rate Care Component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP)
  • Constant Attendance Allowance (usually paid in Industrial Injuries Benefit)
  • Exceptionally Severe Disablement Allowance

3. Nobody is paid Carer’s Allowance or has a Carer Element included in their Universal Credit assessment for looking after you.

4. You live alone or are treated as living alone.


Even if you don't actually live alone, you may be treated as living alone as some people in your household can be ignored under the rules.

If all of these apply to you, check your benefits letter – is the Severe Disability Premium listed? For further advice you can contact the relevant department - ESA, JSA, IS or HB Office, or speak with one of Together Housing’s Benefit Advisors by phoning your Customer Service Centre, or text BENEFITS HELP to 66099 one of our Advisors will contact you.

Don’t delay! Make sure you are not missing out!

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Rules correct as at February 2019 but are subject to change.

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