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Should my Severe Disablement award have been removed?

greatdanemiagreatdanemia Member Posts: 10 Listener
Hi, been on dla since 2000 due to circulation problems and immune system damage.
Taken some horrific medication over the years....With side effects from nausea to LSD like dreams!
Now on PIP. 

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  • greatdanemiagreatdanemia Member Posts: 10 Listener
    Recently awarded PIP  . Enhanced rate for mobility but only standard rate for care. Used to get incapacity but lost it when ESA came about. Never appealed it due to family health problems that ended with my beloved mothers passing. Question 1. Is it worth appealing the standard award?
    Question 2. On incapacity I used to get Severe Disablement but lost it with the arrival of ESA.  Should it have been removed ?


  • Ami2301Ami2301 Community champion Posts: 7,139 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @greatdanemia

    Welcome to the community!

    Sorry to hear what you've been going through, unfortunately I don't know the answers to your questions right now but other members of the community will be able to give you advice and will be in contact with you soon.

    Ami :)
    Community Champion
    Disability Gamechanger - 2019
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Do you mean severe disability premium? If you qualify for this then a daily living award of PIP will qualify you and Enhanced isn't needed.

    To qualify for this you need to be claiming Income Related ESA, JSA or Income Support,  live alone or classed as living alone and no one claims Carers allowance for looking after you.

    Those that were claiming incapacity benefit transferred to ESA and IB no longer exists. Do you claim ESA and if you do is it Income Related or contributions based? Do you live with a partner that works?
    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • greatdanemiagreatdanemia Member Posts: 10 Listener
    edited August 2018
    Have a small occupational pension so don't qualify(as far as I know) for anything else. Can't get ESA, js a. Live with partner who works full time .
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    2 questions here, the first being your PIP award, when was the decision made? The first step to appeal is the Mandatory Reconsideration (MR) you have 28 days to request this but with good reason they will allow up to 13 months.

    As you were found fit for work for ESA then the premiums for any means tested benefits don't apply to you, unfortunately. As you have a partner that works more than 24 hours per week then this means you can't claim for a means tested benefit like ESA and the disability premiums are only paid on top of Income Related ESA, JSA and Income Support.
    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
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