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Am I entitled to Severe Disability Premium?

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Wandering1993
Wandering1993 Community member Posts: 13 Listener
Hi! I am a bit confused - I am on both ESA (income-related; support group) & on PIP daily living component (standard rate). I also receive Housing Benefit. I've read recently about severe disability premium and it seems I am entitled to it according to the GOV website but I do not receive a payment for SDP directly to me. Does the severe disability premium get added to housing benefit as I see something on my housing benefit referring to severe disability premium but not sure what it means. 

Thanks in advance :)

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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 56,336 Disability Gamechanger
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    SDP is paid with your ESA if you live alone or classed as living alone, if you live with other adults they must also be claiming a qualifying disability benefit. No one must also be claiming either carers allowance or carers element of Universal Credit for looking after you.
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  • Wandering1993
    Wandering1993 Community member Posts: 13 Listener
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    Thanks Poppy. Just to clarify, the SDP accounted for when calculating housing benefit is separate from the SDP which will be added to ESA? I found the information on the GOV website very confusing. I live on my own and no one is claiming carers allowance for me and I am not for anyone else. 

    Thanks for your time. 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 56,336 Disability Gamechanger
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    It's included in the calculation, you don't actually receive it like you do with ESA. Is it included with your ESA amount?
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  • calcotti
    calcotti Community member Posts: 10,010 Disability Gamechanger
    edited January 2023
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    The SDP is included in the HB but calculation but the amount of HB you get will not change because you get maximum HB anyway simply due to being on income based ESA.

    How much ESA do you get?
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • Wandering1993
    Wandering1993 Community member Posts: 13 Listener
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    Thanks again @poppy123456 and @calcotti

    In response to both of your messages, I'm not sure if it is included in my ESA but I don't think so. I get a payment of £270.70 every two weeks. 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 56,336 Disability Gamechanger
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    . I get a payment of £270.70 every two weeks. 

    That doesn't have the SDP included. You need to ring ESA to ask to fill out the IS10 form to claim the SDP. It can be backdated to when you became entitled to it. It's £69.40/week (from April 2022, less in previous years)
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  • Wandering1993
    Wandering1993 Community member Posts: 13 Listener
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    Thanks @poppy123456, I will give them a call. You've been really helpful. 
  • calcotti
    calcotti Community member Posts: 10,010 Disability Gamechanger
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    Just to check - nobody claims Carer’s Allowance or the carer element of UC for looking after you.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • Wandering1993
    Wandering1993 Community member Posts: 13 Listener
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    @calcotti yes, that is correct nobody claims carer's allowance/ carer element of UC for looking after me
  • Wandering1993
    Wandering1993 Community member Posts: 13 Listener
    edited January 2023
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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 56,336 Disability Gamechanger
    edited January 2023
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    It can be paid from when you became entitled to it. Whether you were entitled to it before 2018 will depend on your circumstances during that time.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
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  • Wandering1993
    Wandering1993 Community member Posts: 13 Listener
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    My circumstances haven't changed but I guess I'll have to wait until the final decision has been made and query it then. Thanks. 
  • L_Volunteer
    L_Volunteer Community Volunteer Adviser, Scope Member Posts: 7,983 Disability Gamechanger
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    How are you feeling about things at the moment @Wandering1993? You have done so well reaching out for support here  :)
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  • Wandering1993
    Wandering1993 Community member Posts: 13 Listener
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    Hi all, a little update I have received a letter saying there has been a change made to my ESA rate and it now includes SDP however it doesn't say anything about back pay. Should I expect a different letter or should I ring them? 
  • bg844
    bg844 Community member Posts: 3,887 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi all, a little update I have received a letter saying there has been a change made to my ESA rate and it now includes SDP however it doesn't say anything about back pay. Should I expect a different letter or should I ring them? 
    I would phone them and ask. Usually a payment is made before a letter reaches you.
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 56,336 Disability Gamechanger
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    You will need to ring ESA to ask because they are the only ones that can tell you what’s happening.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • Wandering1993
    Wandering1993 Community member Posts: 13 Listener
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    Ah ok. I wasn't sure if a decision letter often came before the letter about backdated payments as I didn't want to wait in a long queue to talk to them if I didn't have to. 

    Thanks. 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 56,336 Disability Gamechanger
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    Usually any money owed is received in your bank before the decision letter.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
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