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ESA and Disability Premium for my daughter

layla53layla53 Member Posts: 14 Connected
Hi, I'm posting on behalf of my daughter who suffers from ME and finds this sort of thing gives her extreme brain-fog!
We've just received the decision on her ESA review re the back-payments of IR ESA to add to her CB benefit. She has been awarded Enhanced Disability Premium, which I understand as she is in the Support Group. I also understand why she hasn't been awarded Severe DP because she lives with me.
However, according to all the info I can find, there is also a Disability Premium of £33.55 per week, which I also thought she might be entitled to. She meets the criteria shown on the gov.uk disability page. However, when I questioned this with the JobCentre plus, the chap I spoke to told me that there are now only 2 types of premium - Severe and Enhanced.  Can anyone tell me - is this right - as none of the websites I found are saying that. Very confused!
Would be so welcome for any advice! Thanks

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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi,

    Yes the Job centre are correct with this. You read it incorrectly on the website. The disability premium you're talking about isn't paid to those claiming ESA, it's only payable for those claiming JSA and Income Support. Just like the Enhanced disability premium is only payable to those claiming ESA.


    Taken from the link above.
    if you get income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) you cannot get the disability premium, but you may still qualify for the severe and enhanced premiums.


    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.
  • layla53layla53 Member Posts: 14 Connected
    Thank you for the response - I have to say I still find the on-line info about this very misleading!!
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    In the link i posted above under "what you'll get" it says this....
    If you get income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) you cannot get the disability premium, but you may still qualify for the severe and enhanced premiums.

    It's the same as the Enhanced disability premium, a person can't claim this if they claim JSA.
    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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