Severe disability premium

If your single or joint claim for Income Support, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance or Housing Benefit includes a Severe disability premium or you were entitled to a benefit with that premium within the last month you cannot make a claim for Universal Credit.

You should continue to claim existing legacy benefits Income Support, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, Housing Benefit and Tax Credits.

If you have been turned down for benefit or received a decision you are not happy with, you will be able to challenge this decision.

You will qualify for the Severe disability premium if:

  • You get Personal Independence Payment daily living component, Attendance Allowance, Disability Living Allowance middle or higher rate care component, Constant Attendance Allowance or Armed Forces Independence Payment and
  • No one aged 18 or over lives with you and
  • No one is paid Carer's Allowance, or has been awarded the carer element in their Universal Credit claim for looking after you

There are some people who do not count as living with you:

  • Anyone aged under 18
  • Anyone aged 18 or 19 who is part of your family and counts as "qualifying young person" for Child Benefit purposes
  • Anyone who is getting Personal Independence Payment daily living component, Attendance Allowance, Disability Living Allowance middle or higher rate care component, Constant Attendance Allowance or Armed Forces Independence Payment
  • A person who is certified as severely sight impaired or blind by a consultant opthalmologist
  • A tenant, lodger or landlord, who is not a relative
  • Anyone who jointly owns your home or is jointly responsible with you for paying the rent or mortgage (if a close relative seek advice)
  • A live-in carer employed by a charitable or voluntary body if you pay a wage for the service

Contact details

Welfare Rights Team

Pullar House, 35 Kinnoull Street, Perth, PH1 5GD
Tel 01738 476900 (Option 1)