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Katrina65
Katrina65 Community member Posts: 24 Listener
Hi there can someone please advise I have just found out that ever since I have been on ESA I should’ve been getting the Severe Disability Premium. I have had standard rate care and enhanced rate Mobility for 20 years. After speaking with the DWP today she confirmed I should be getting it but disagreed it can be backdated as I didn’t request to apply for it. I informed her that as you make me do a Work Capability Assessment Questionnaire every 3 years how on earth was the owness on me to make a claim, is this not calculated and added automatically please help. I just know they are going to tell me something like that 

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  • calcotti
    calcotti Community member Posts: 10,010 Disability Gamechanger
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    Katrina65 said:.., is this not calculated and added automatically please help. ..
    No it isn’t.

    Currently, if someone on ESA gets a PIP award ESA usually contact them to gather the additional information they need in order to determine when the SDP applies. I think that 20 years ago they probably didn’t do that.

    You can ask them to confirm the decision not to backdate in writing. If they refuse to backdate you can challenge the decision https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/benefits/benefits-introduction/problems-with-benefits-and-tax-credits/challenging-benefit-decisions/challenging-a-decision-by-the-dwp-or-hmrc/challenging-a-benefit-decision-mandatory-reconsideration/
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • Katrina65
    Katrina65 Community member Posts: 24 Listener
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    I was originally on income support and in 2018 was transferred onto the ESA and they told ME what they were paying me. But in the Assessment I have to do every 3 years it clearly asks what elements of PIP I get surely that gets adjusted then? 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,180 Disability Gamechanger
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    PIP was only introduced in 2013 so you couldn't have been claiming it for 20 years. You must have claimed DLA before PIP.
    Katrina65 said:
    But in the Assessment I have to do every 3 years it clearly asks what elements of PIP I get surely that gets adjusted then? 

    They don't ask about any PIP award for the work capability assessment. PIP has nothing to do with a work capability assesment and neither does the SDP.

    If you haven't already applied for the SDP then you need to do that and ask for it to be backdated to when you became entitled to it. If they don't backdate it then you can request the MR.

    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.
  • Katrina65
    Katrina65 Community member Posts: 24 Listener
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    But on the government website it clearly states it is awarded automatically by the DWP if I have always qualified? Not sure why I need to apply for something that I may not even been aware that was available (which I clearly didn’t) 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,180 Disability Gamechanger
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    It doesn't say the SDP is automatically added. When it says you do not have to claim it, this is referring to the disability premium (£36.20), which can't be claimed when claiming ESA anyway. The SDP has never automatically been added and i've been claiming it since 2013. https://www.gov.uk/disability-premiums/how-to-claim

    How to claim

    You do not have to claim disability premium. If you’re eligible, it’s automatically added to your:

    • Income Support
    • Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
    • Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
    • housing benefit


    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.
  • Katrina65
    Katrina65 Community member Posts: 24 Listener
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    So I am right in thinking that I have now asked for it to be added and that I have also asked for it to be backdated from when I qualified which was 2014 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,180 Disability Gamechanger
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    I have no idea if that's what you've asked for. I do know it can be backdated from the date you qualified. To claim it you need to contact ESA and it will be down to a decision maker to look at your claim and you'll be contacted once a decision is made.
    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.
  • Katrina65
    Katrina65 Community member Posts: 24 Listener
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    Thanks all for your help 
  • L_Volunteer
    L_Volunteer Community Volunteer Adviser, Scope Member Posts: 7,981 Disability Gamechanger
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    I just want to add a warm welcome @Katrina65. It is great to see you have joined us.

    Please don't hesitate to let us know if we can do anything else to support you. We are all here for you and listening to you  :)
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    Please note: if I use the online community outside of its hours of administration, I am doing so in a personal capacity only.
  • Katrina65
    Katrina65 Community member Posts: 24 Listener
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    Many Thanks I’ve already found some really helpful information suffering in silence is no longer an option. I have had lots of things taken away from me with my disabilities but I will fight the DWP now with all I have. How dare they make people who were entitled to a disability premium feel as though they were in the wrong to not claim it. It makes me very sad to think of all the thousands of people that are out there that aren’t even aware of the fact they’re losing out 😥
  • L_Volunteer
    L_Volunteer Community Volunteer Adviser, Scope Member Posts: 7,981 Disability Gamechanger
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    Glad to hear you're no longer willing to suffer in silence @Katrina65! And that you've already found some really helpful information  :)
    Community Volunteer Adviser with professional knowledge of education, special educational needs and disabilities and EHCP's. Pronouns: She/her. 

    Please note: if I use the online community outside of its hours of administration, I am doing so in a personal capacity only.
  • Queen1968
    Queen1968 Community member Posts: 14 Listener
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    Hi, only recently I came to know about SDB and I applied for it. I’ve been receiving ESA for last 20 years and never got SDB. It has been more than 9 weeks now since I’ve applied and still I haven’t heard anything from them.
    Can someone tell me is it normal for them to take this time for them to process? And will they pay me for last 20 years as well? 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,180 Disability Gamechanger
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    Queen1968 said:
    Hi, only recently I came to know about SDB and I applied for it. I’ve been receiving ESA for last 20 years and never got SDB. It has been more than 9 weeks now since I’ve applied and still I haven’t heard anything from them.
    Can someone tell me is it normal for them to take this time for them to process? And will they pay me for last 20 years as well? 

    ESA wasn't introduced until October 2008, it was Incapacity benefit before that. As the timescale they are looking at is historic then it could take a few months for a decision. If you were entitled to it then it should be paid.
    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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