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Universal Credit Full Service went live in Rhondda Cynon Taff at the end of last year. It has introduced lots of new changes to the current benefit system for example, replacing several well-known benefits as well as changing the way you claim by making everything ‘digital’ and ‘online only.’

We wanted to share some other news with you to make sure you have all the information you need before you make a claim. This blog focusses on what it means to be on Severe Disability Premium now Universal Credit is live.

Firstly, what do we mean by Severe Disability Premium (SDP)?

A Severe Disability Premium is an extra amount of money that is included along with your benefits to help with the any additional costs of disability. There are two different rates depending on whether you are claiming as a single person or as part of a couple.

As a single person you will be given £65.85 each week and as a couple you will be paid £131.70 each week.

Case study

A member of Trivallis’ Money Advice Team recently supported a couple with their benefit claims and noticed they were not claiming the Severe Disability Premium. This was added to their benefits retrospectively and they received a backdated lump sum of over £12,000 and are now getting an extra £131.70 each week on top of their existing benefits.

Why does this matter?

Under Universal Credit, the Severe Disability Premium doesn’t exist. This means, anyone entitled to SDP can’t make a Universal Credit claim.

However, if you do get the SDP and are then moved onto Universal Credit later, you will then get the extra money included in your Universal Credit claim as part of ‘transitional protection’. This is a top-up to make sure that no-one is worse off when moving onto Universal Credit.

How do I make sure I still receive the Severe Disability Premium?

In order to get SDP you will need to be claiming any of the following income related benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Guarantee Pension Credit
  • Housing Benefit

AND…you must also be getting one of these additional benefits:

Is there anything else I need to know?

There are a few other things to be aware of. Here is a list of requirements for a single person and couple…

If you are single:


If you are in a couple, both you and your partner must each be getting one of these benefits:

Sometimes you can get Severe Disability Premium even if there are other adults in the household

Did you make a Universal Credit claim before knowing this information?


If you were entitled to a Severe Disability Premium and claimed Universal Credit before 16 January 2019, please don’t worry because you will be compensated in the future as this is currently being reviewed by the Department of Work and Pensions.


If you have any questions about the information you have read today please contact our Money Advice team either by email or phone. The team has a great understanding of Universal Credit and will be able to support you with your claims and can help to identify what you are entitled to.

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