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Severe Disability Premium (SDP) - You could be missing out!

If you were entitled to an SDP within a month before your claim for UC, you may be entitled to an additional element within your UC payment.

An SDP is a premium paid within Income Support, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance and Housing Benefit.

You will qualify for an SDP 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.

Applying for SDP transitional payments

There is no one formal way of applying for these additional payments and/or lump sum amounts. DWP should accept requests via online journal, letter, phone call or face-to-face with Work Coach.

These transitional payments will continue to be paid within your on-going UC entitlement so long as you are still getting your original award of UC, the qualifying benefit that gave you entitlement to an SDP (any Personal Independence Payments Daily Living component or Disability Living Allowance middle or highest care component) and no-one gets Carer's Allowance or the carer's element for looking after you.

Any backdated/lump sum amounts will be disregarded for capital purposes for 12 months.

If you were only entitled to an SDP in Housing Benefit and no other benefit you will not be eligible for any SDP transitional payments.

You can apply for the payments simply by writing the following note in your UC Journal:  "As per UC (Managed Migration Pilot and Misc Amendments) Regs 2019, SI 2019/1152, which came into force from 24 July 2019, I believe that I qualify for the Severe Disability Premium (SDP) Transitional Payments in my Universal Credit claim. As I was getting or would have been entitled to SDP within ESA/Income Support/JSA within one month of claiming UC and as I continue to meet the SDP qualifying conditions, I now qualify for the Transitional Payments. For further information please look at Decision Maker guide Memo ADM 15/19."

SDP transitional payment rates

Single Claimant:

  • £120 a month if Limited Capability for Work Related Activity (LCWRA) included in UC amount.
  • £285 a month if no LCWRA included in UC amount.

Joint Claimant:

  • £405 a month if both entitled to SDP and still would be.
  • £120 a month if only one entitled to SDP and UC includes LCWRA.
  • £285 a month if only one entitled to SDP and UC does not include LCWRA.


Contact details

Welfare Rights Team

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