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Disability premiums

Disability premium is an extra amount automatically added to your Income Support or income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) if you qualify for it.

You could get at least:

  • £33.55 a week - single person
  • £47.80 a week - couples

You might get more if you qualify for the extra parts – the severe disability premium and the enhanced disability premium.

If you get income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) you can’t get the basic disability premium, but you may still qualify for the severe and enhanced premiums.

Any money you get is added to your Income Support payments automatically so you don’t usually have to apply for a disability premium.

What you'll get

You can get the basic disability premium and extra amounts on top of this.

The basic disability premium is:

  • £33.55 per week for a single person
  • £47.80 per week for a couple

Extra amounts

Severe disability premium

You’ll get:

  • £64.30 if either you or your partner qualify
  • £128.60 if both you and your partner qualify

Enhanced disability premium

You’ll get:

  • £16.40 for single people
  • £23.55 for couples if at least one of you qualifies

Use a benefits calculator to work out how much you can get.

How you’re paid

All benefits, pensions and allowances are paid into an account such as your bank account.

There is a limit on the total amount of benefit that most people aged 16 to 64 can get. This is called a benefit cap.

Eligibility

To qualify for a disability premium with Income Support or income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), you or your partner must be under pension credit age and either registered blind or getting:

  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP)
  • Working Tax Credit with a disability element
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Constant Attendance Allowance
  • War Pensioners Mobility Supplement
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • Incapacity Benefit

If you don’t qualify, you may still get the premium if you’ve been unable to work for at least a year.

Use a benefits calculator to check your eligibility.

Severe disability premium

You may get this if you get any of the following:

  • the disability premium
  • the higher pensioner premium
  • income-related Employment Support Allowance (ESA) - you can be in either the support or work-related activity group

There are 2 rates of severe disability premium, depending on whether your partner also qualifies.

Rate if you qualify

You’ll get this if you meet all of the following conditions:

  • you live alone
  • you get the middle or highest rate of DLA care component or the daily living component of PIP or AFIP
  • no-one gets Carer’s Allowance for looking after you

You may also get it if you meet all these conditions:

  • you have a partner and no one else lives with you or your partner
  • Carer’s Allowance is paid for only one of you
  • you both get the daily living component of PIP, AFIP or Attendance Allowance or the middle or highest rates of the care component of DLA

You may still get it if you meet all of these conditions:

  • you have a partner who is registered blind
  • no one lives with you and your partner
  • you get the middle or highest rate of DLA care component or the daily living component of PIP or AFIP
  • no-one gets Carer’s Allowance for looking after you

Rate if you and your partner qualify

You get this if you have a partner, no-one gets Carer’s Allowance for looking after either of you and you both get one of the following benefits:

  • the daily living component of PIP
  • AFIP
  • Attendance Allowance
  • the middle or highest rate of the care component of DLA

Enhanced disability premium

To receive this, you must be under Pension Credit age.

You must receive the disability premium or income-related ESA, and one of the following:

  • the enhanced rate of the daily living component of PIP
  • AFIP
  • the highest rate of the care component of DLA

You’ll also receive this if you’re in the support group for income-related ESA.

How to claim

How to claim

You don’t have to claim disability premium, it’s automatically added to your Income Support if you’re eligible.

Contact your local Jobcentre Plus if it hasn’t been paid

If you disagree with a decision

You can challenge a decision about your claim. This is called asking for mandatory reconsideration.

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