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Severe disability premium and housing benefit

JumpingJames Member Posts: 32 Courageous
Can someone tell me if I am entitled to this?

I am on universal credit. I was formerly on income-based ESA until September when I changed due to a change in circumstances, I have been on PIP since October but waiting for back payments. I live alone.

I know that SDP is not paid under universal credit. HOWEVER, I get housing benefit (which is normally paid through UC, but because I live in supported accommodation cannot be paid through UC and has to paid through housing benefit). Housing benefit is a legacy benefit, which on the government's website says should make me eligible for SDP. 

I read that SDP on housing benefit however only makes it so that I can have a higher level of income before I get housing benefit taken away from me, rather than directly giving me £65.85 to spend. Therefore, why does the government website say that I should get an extra £65.85 per week.

It says: 'Disability premiums are extra amounts of money added to your:
  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • housing benefit

    Severe disability premium

    You’ll get:

    • £65.85 a week for a single person

Any money you get is added to your benefit payments automatically so you usually do not have to apply for a disability premium.

How you’re paid

All benefits, pensions and allowances are paid into an account such as your bank account.'

Can someone clarify?



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