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Since moving onto Universal Credit we have lost the severe disability premium

tonyrotherhamtonyrotherham Member Posts: 3 Listener
edited August 2019 in Universal Credit
Hi, My partner and I both claim universal credit. Does anyone know the state of play regarding this. I broke my back in a car crash and the wife had a stroke and a annuerism on her brain. We had never claimed benefits before so it was all very new and slightly overwhelming. I have been told my wife can claim carers allowance for me. How will this affect our universal credit? Can it be backdated. Since moving onto Universal Credit we have lost the severe disability premium. Apparently this omission is been looked at somewhere by someone somewhere but I haven't heard anything from anyone. Any help/information from anyone would be gratefully received. Thank you for reading this.


  • steve51steve51 Member Posts: 7,175 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @tonyrotherham

    Good Afternoon & Welcome!!!!!

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

    I am very sorry to hear about your current problems.

    I have also had a Stroke (Bleed) in my (30’s)

    Yes Benefit’s can be hard to get your head around to be honest.

    Here some info on them below for you.


    Please come back to me if you need any further help assistance??

  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 8,073

    Scope community team

    Hello @tonyrotherham and welcome to the community. :)

    A few weeks ago plans were announced to give compensation to all those who lost SDP when they applied for Universal Credit and pay the transitional premium to them going forward. To qualify you must still be eligible for SDP and if your wife claims Carer's Allowance for you, this will null your eligibility. 

    Can I ask, do both you and your wife claim PIP and have either of you been awarded the LCW/LCWRA element of Universal Credit?
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  • tonyrotherhamtonyrotherham Member Posts: 3 Listener
    Hi we both claim pip we havent  claimed carers yet. I think it would be wise to wait until they pay the compensation, LCW and LCWRA are just acronums to me. many thanks
  • Hart86Hart86 Member Posts: 394 Pioneering
    Definitely do not claim carers until you’ve had your SDP compensation as you’ll lose entitlement to it! 

    Amounts you can expect are written here: https://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/news/2019/july/compensation-loss-severe-disability-premium-through-claiming-universal-credit

    LCW and LCWRA are the universal credit equivalent to ESA (employment and support allowance) and stand for limited capacity for work / limited capacity for work and work related activities. 
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 8,073

    Scope community team

    Hi @tonyrotherham, have you had any updates as to your entitlement to the compensation and back-payment? I know a few people have now been contacted. :)
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  • tonyrotherhamtonyrotherham Member Posts: 3 Listener

    21 Aug 2019 at 7:47am
    Hi Antony and Victoria
    You are now receiving the carers element so your payment has increased slightly for you. Your statement is there for you to view.


    Makerfield Service Centre
    19 Aug 2019 at 12:25pm
    Hi Antony
    It was carers element that I have put down for Victoria, we do not do carers allowance applications on Universal Credit you would need to ring the carers allowance benefit line, if you haven't done that then you have not applied for this benefit.

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    Makerfield Service Centre
    16 Aug 2019 at 8:39pm
    Hi Karen, I hope you had a good weekend. Having taken advice we have decided we do not want to claim carers allowance at this time. Could you please cancel any application. Sorry to inconvenience you.
    Many thanks.
    Hi Karen will this in any way effect the severe disability component that we discussed previously ? I was reading on;ine that it could invalidate our receiving this benefit when it goes through. Sorry for the delay in getting back to you but Vicky was really ill the last few days. Her bowels don't work correctly following her stroke. Thank you for your understanding
    i Antony
    The carers element does not affect your entitlement to SDP, it is only if you claimed carers allowance that it would affect SDP, whilst you are on ESA you would not be entitled to carers allowance even if you applied for it but Victoria is entitled to carers element that does not affect SDP.
    This is where we are currently at. Apparently this will not effect our right to compensation form the severe disability premium. I havent told the wife but i personally am incredibly worried.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 23,201 Disability Gamechanger
    I'm afraid your work coach is not correct here. If a person claims the carers element it will affect any entitlement owed for the SDP backdated money, in the same way a claim for carers allowance would.
    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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