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Am I entitled to any disability premiums?

I have just won part of my PIP claim and have been told I am entitled to the higher rate care component. 

Having been researching online, the gov.uk website states I am entitled to disability premium, severe disability premium and/or enhanced disability premium. The eligibility for the SDP is middle rate or higher rate care component, and EDP states I need to be on the higher rate care component. 

However, I am unsure whether I can apply or not. Could anyone advise. Thanks. 

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

    It will depend what other benefits you receive. If you're claiming Income Related ESA and you're in the support group then the Enhanced disability premium is automatically paid.

    If you're in the WRAG then you will be entitled to the Enhanced disability premium because you're now claiming Enhanced daily living PIP.

    The Enhanced disability premium is only paid when claiming Income related ESA it's not paid when claiming any other benefit.

    The Severe disability premium isn't automatically paid because there's criteria you need to meet to be eligible. Firstly no one must be claiming Carers allowance for looking after you and you must live alone or be classed as living alone. If you don't live alone then everyone over the age of 18 must also be claiming a qualifying benefit such as PIP daily living, DLA mid/high rate care or Attendance Allowance.

    The disability premium is only paid if you're claiming Income support or Income Related JSA, it's not paid if you're claiming Income Related ESA.

    If you're claiming Universal Credit or New style ESA then no disability premiums are paid. Hope this helps.
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  • sceneparadesceneparade Member Posts: 81 Connected
    So anyone new applying for ESA gets nothing but £111 per week? Seems unfair. 

    I receive universal credit for housing benefit but that's it. 

    I also get ESA new style I think. I have paid NI for the last 5 years.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    New style ESA is Contributions based only, there's no income related top up available for this.

    As you're claiming Universal credit then you should be receiving  the LCWRA element to top up your income, as well as the housing element, are you receiving the LCWRA element? This is £336 per month. Your ESA should be deducted £1 for £1 from your UC payments.


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  • sceneparadesceneparade Member Posts: 81 Connected
    No I am not receiving LCWRA. 

    I get universal credit for housing which is £422 per month. I was getting universal credit payments for about a month or so at first and receiving £146 per week. But since my application for ESA was approved they took it away and I receive the same amount from ESA instead. I am not getting anything that would be considered any 'top ups' for having a disability.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    As you're in the support group for ESA then you should be receiving the LCWRA of UC. You won't receive any extra money as such for having a disability because you're claiming New style ESA and the premiums don't exist for UC.

    When did your claim for ESA start and when did you first claim UC? also when were you placed into the support group for ESA?
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  • sceneparadesceneparade Member Posts: 81 Connected
    ESA claim started back in June or around that time.

    Universal Credit started at the end of May. 

    I am currently in neither work-related activity group or support group. 

    Is the £336 extra UC payment on top of the standard £73 per week? 


  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Thanks for that information. This would be the reason why you're not receiving the LCWRA because you're not currently in the Support Group for ESA and you're still on assessment rate.

    Once a decision's been made on your work capability assessment if you're placed into the support group then you will receive the extra LCWRA of £336 per month. If the decision is just LCW (WRAG) then you won't receive any extra money each month for UC and your New style ESA payments will end after 365 days.
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  • sceneparadesceneparade Member Posts: 81 Connected
    Okay, thanks. 


  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    No problem.
    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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