Severe disability premium

Severe disability premium

People who claim Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment or Attendance Allowance can qualify for an extra allowance when benefits are calculated (this is called a 'severe disability premium').

If you are single the severe disability premium (SDP) is included in your award if:

  • you receive a qualifying disability benefit (Attendance Allowance, constant Attendance Allowance, the care component of Disability Living Allowance at the middle or highest rate or Personal Independence Payment daily living component at standard or enhanced rate); and
  • no-one gets paid Carer's Allowance (CA) for looking after you (if your carer is eligible for CA but does not receive anything then they do not count); and
  • you have no non-dependant adults living with you (unless they are also receiving a qualifying disability benefit or are registered blind)


If you are a couple you can receive the severe disability premium so long as:

  • you both receive a qualifying disability benefit (or one of you receives a qualifying disability benefit and the other person is registered blind); and
  • you have no non-dependant adults living with you (unless they are also receiving a qualifying disability benefit or are registered blind)


Where both members of a couple receive a qualifying disability benefit you will receive a couples rate of SDP so long as no-one receives payments of Carer's Allowance (CA) for either of you (if your carer is eligible for CA but does not receive anything then they do not count). If someone gets Carers Allowance for one member of the couple - but no one gets Carer's Allowance for their partner - then SDP is paid at a single rate.

Where only one member of a couple receives a qualifying disability benefit and their partner is registered blind, then SDP will be paid at the single rate only. However if someone gets payments of Carer's Allowance for the person on the qualifying disability benefits, no SDP will be paid.

No SDP is payable where two people get payments of Carer's Allowance for each member of a couple. It is only actual payment of Carer's Allowance that affects SDP. SDP is not affected where a carer is entitled to Carer's Allowance but not paid it because they receive another benefit instead. For more information on the rules used see information on Carer's Allowance.

If you are in a situation where you can choose between benefits we strongly advise you to seek further advice from a recognised adviser to work out which benefit you would be better off claiming.

For more information on the rules used in the calculator to work out eligibility to extra allowances see disability premiums in benefits.

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