People who claim Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment or Attendance Allowance can qualify for an extra allowance when some benefits are calculated, this is called a 'severe disability premium'. The benefits that can include the 'severe disability premium' are Income Support, Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), Housing Benefit and Pension Credit.
If you are single the severe disability premium (SDP) is included in your award if:
If you are in a couple you can receive the severe disability premium if:
Where both members of a couple receive a qualifying disability benefit you will receive a couple's rate of SDP if no-one receives payments of Carer's Allowance (CA) for looking after either of you (if your carer is eligible for CA but does not receive a payment then they do not count). If someone gets Carer's 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 a payment of Carer's Allowance for the person on the qualifying disability benefit, no SDP will be paid.
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.