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Severe Disability Premium - Severe Disability Premium and Universal Credit

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

Severe Disability Premium and Universal Credit

The Severe Disability Premium does not exist in Universal Credit

If you were entitled to a Severe Disability Premium on Income Support, income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), or income-related Jobseeker's Allowance at the time you claimed Universal Credit, you are entitled to transitional protection

If you were entitled to a Severe Disability Premium on Housing Benefit, you won't get any compensation payment in Universal Credit.

If you were entitled to a Severe Disability Premium on Income Support, income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) or Housing Benefit, and you claimed Universal Credit after 16 January 2019 but before 27 January 2021, you can also choose to go back onto the benefits Universal Credit replaces. This can be complicated and you should find an adviser.

Updated: January 2021

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