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Will I continue to get my Severe Disability Premium when I retire in September?

geeupboy13geeupboy13 Member Posts: 9 Listener
hello everyone,  I retire in Sept. and wanted to know if I will still continue to get SDP, on my HB award letter it mentions SDP but it doesn’t say that I will actually receive it. 

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  • steve51steve51 Community champion Posts: 7,175 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @geeupboy13

    Welcome it’s great to meet you today.

    I am one of the Community Champion’s here at Scope.

    I will forward your post onto one of our members who is very good in this area.

     Hi @poppy123456

    I have just come across this post & I wonder if you can offer me some help with it please?????

    @steve51
  • geeupboy13geeupboy13 Member Posts: 9 Listener
    Thanks @Steve51,  I hope someone can clear this up for me . Cheers
  • steve51steve51 Community champion Posts: 7,175 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @geeupboy13

    No probs my friend.

    We have also got some senior members who maybe able to offer you some more help.

    Hi @Adrian_Scope
    @Chloe_Scope

    Can you both offer me some help with this new post????

    @steve51

  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    edited August 2020
    HI and welcome,

    SDP with housing benefit isn't actually paid as such, it's more of an invisible disability premium.

    What other benefits do you currently receive? Possibly ESA?

    Also when you say "retire" do you mean you'll be claiming your state pension?
    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.
  • geeupboy13geeupboy13 Member Posts: 9 Listener
    Hi, Firstly  thank you for replying.  
    Yes the state pension.  I’ve been claiming ESA support group along with PIP. I’ve  been informed from DWP that I will start my pension on the 6th Sept 20  which works out to be £150.50 including inherited pension from my deceased husband, also HB said I will continue to get full  rent paid C.Tax paid,So I’m happy but wondered about  the SDP but thanks for clearing that up. 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    edited August 2020
    Once you reach state pension age your ESA will end. For the SDP this can be claimed in with pension credit, which you'll need to claim when the time comes. It can take a few months for payments to start so do be aware of that. See link.

    To add to this, you should be claiming the SDP in with your ESA at the moment, as i assume you're living alone (no other adults living with you)
    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.
  • geeupboy13geeupboy13 Member Posts: 9 Listener
    Yes I am still claiming ESA but obviously this will stop , I am on my own and I forgot to say that the DWP person said for me to try to get pension credit so I have applied and awaiting to hear back.  Thank you
  • chiariedschiarieds Community champion Posts: 6,895 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @geeupboy13 - I just wanted to add my welcome to the community also. I'm pleased your query has been sorted by Poppy, & I hope you may have a look around the forum & join in with the discussions. :)
  • geeupboy13geeupboy13 Member Posts: 9 Listener
    Thank you so much for the warm welcome, it’s much appreciated. 
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,662 Disability Gamechanger
    Welcome to the community @geeupboy13!

    Please do have a look around and get involved. If you need anything clarifying then please do let us know. :)
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  • geeupboy13geeupboy13 Member Posts: 9 Listener
    hi, I’ve just been told by Pension credit that they will not know if I’ve been awarded pension credit until after I retire.  Even though when I applied for this I received a letter back stating that I would here from them before the 13th Aug.2020 is this correct ?
    thank you for any help !
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Yes, that's correct. This is because before you receive your state pension there's no pension credit to award. There's also most likely a huge backlog due to Covid19. Under normal times a claim for pension credit can take 3-4 months. That could easiliy extend to several months now.

    You will of course be backdated any money that's owed if it's not done in time for your state pension. You just need to be aware that your money will be significantly reduced until it's in payment.
    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.
  • geeupboy13geeupboy13 Member Posts: 9 Listener
    Thank you very much for your help !
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    You're welcome.
    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.
  • janer1967janer1967 Community champion Posts: 7,206 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome to the community @geeupboy13, I hope you manage to get everything sorted 

    What do you plan on doing in your retirement anything nice planned
  • geeupboy13geeupboy13 Member Posts: 9 Listener
    Hi @janer1967,  well I’m trying to get the pain under control with the pain management team first,   then take it from there. So unfortunately nothing really exciting planned.  But always hopeful.  Thank you for asking. Take care
  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Community Team Posts: 3,210 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @geeupboy13! Welcome to the community. I'm glad @poppy123456 was able to give you some answers :)

    I'm also glad you're hopeful for your future! I'm sure you and your pain management team are working together on it, but you might also like to give this discussion a read if you're interested. We can't give medical advice on here, but the community is more than happy to offer you other advice and support 


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  • geeupboy13geeupboy13 Member Posts: 9 Listener
    thank you thank you I’ll remember that !
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