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Severe Disability Premium - Can I get a Severe Disability Premium?

A Severe Disability Premium is an extra amount that is included in some means-tested benefits to help with the cost of disability.

Can I get a Severe Disability Premium?

To get a Severe Disability Premium (SDP) you have to be getting an income-related benefit. This could be Income Support, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, Guarantee Pension Credit, or Housing Benefit.

You also must be getting one of these benefits:

If you are single:

  • No one must be getting Carer’s Allowance or Carer’s Element of Universal Credit for looking after you, and
  • You must be the only adult in the household. If you live with a flatmate who you split bills with, you will probably be treated as the only adult in the household.
  • If you live with another adult who is not your partner, you might still be entitled to a Severe Disability Premium. This can be complicated and you should use our tool to find an adviser

If you are a couple:

Qualifying for a Severe Disability Premium in other situations

If you are part of a couple and your partner is registered blind, you can still qualify for SDP paid at the single rate even if your partner does not get a qualifying benefit.

Severe Disability Premium and carers

It is important to talk to the person who cares for you about whether they get Carer’s Allowance or the Carer’s Element in Universal Credit

If the person who cares for you is thinking of claiming Carer's Allowance or the Carer's Element in Universal Credit, you should get advice. If your carer is paid Carer’s Allowance or Carer’s Element of Universal Credit, it will stop you from getting a Severe Disability Premium. Your Council Tax Support can also be affected. You can use our Find an Adviser tool to find local advice.

Reviewed: August 2021

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