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PIP/ESA/SDP eligibility

Fawkes_hay
Fawkes_hay Member Posts: 5 Connected
Hi, I've been searching the message boards for a few days, trying to find if anyone else had the same issue as me:
I was contacted by the dwp at the start of this month to say that they may be underpaying me and that I should call.

I currently receive income based ESA (support group) and PIP at the standard rate for both mobility and care however on the phone call they mentioned SDP (which was the first I had heard of it) and asked whether I would like to apply... Of course I applied there and then but I've been confused with letters I've recieved, as I was recently awarded PIP for a longer time and I don't know whether that triggered a letter about my esa payments, with no mention about sdp, or that they decided I wasn't entitled.

What I'd like to know is whether being eligible, in terms of benefits recieved, means I would definitely get the premium, or whether they would use other factors to decide?

Thank you in advance for your answers, I've seen how helpful these boards can be. 
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  • woodbine
    woodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,645 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Fawkes_hay welcome to scope this evening, the first question is do you receive income based ESA or cont.based with an income related top up? The second is do you live alone or do the people you live with also claim PIP and does anybody claim and receive carers allowance for looking after you?
    The link as all the info you might need
    https://www.gov.uk/disability-premiums/eligibility
    I am a person with epilepsy not an epileptic, my illness doesn't define me.
  • Fawkes_hay
    Fawkes_hay Member Posts: 5 Connected
    @woodbine thank you for the quick reply. As far as I can tell I match all of the criteria, the only part I wasn't sure about is there is no mention of the level of PIP for the care element on the gov.uk page as far as I can see. I recieve income related ESA, live alone and no one gets carers allowance for me. 
  • woodbine
    woodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,645 Disability Gamechanger
    As you get standard rate care you look like you qualify
    I am a person with epilepsy not an epileptic, my illness doesn't define me.
  • Fawkes_hay
    Fawkes_hay Member Posts: 5 Connected
    @woodbine thank you. I hoped that was the case but started second guessing things, so it's nice to see someone more knowledgeable confirm it. 
  • Fawkes_hay
    Fawkes_hay Member Posts: 5 Connected
    Just to update:
    I hadn't heard anything in the month since I claimed, so I phoned the DWP to inquire about my claim, only to find out that I had seemingly fallen through the cracks and that they would get someone to look at it and call me back today, which they actually did! And they've confirmed that I'm eligible and that I'll get the arrears from when I first started claiming PIP.
  • woodbine
    woodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,645 Disability Gamechanger
    @Fawkes_hay that's excellent news, single persons SDP is just under £67 per week so hopefully some nice back pay on its way?
    I am a person with epilepsy not an epileptic, my illness doesn't define me.
  • Fawkes_hay
    Fawkes_hay Member Posts: 5 Connected
    @woodbine yeah, since June or July of 2018 so £9,100 coming my way 😱 I started crying on the phone and the lady who called me said she understood and that telling people they were due a lump sum was the best part of the job.
  • Ross_Scope
    Ross_Scope Posts: 5,416

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    @woodbine yeah, since June or July of 2018 so £9,100 coming my way 😱 I started crying on the phone and the lady who called me said she understood and that telling people they were due a lump sum was the best part of the job.
    Congratulations :) 
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  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 12,853 Disability Gamechanger
    Great news so pleased for you 
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