Premiums for people with disabilities

If you have a disability and receive Income Support or Employment and Support Allowance, you may qualify for a premium on top of the basic personal allowance.

To qualify for a disability premium with Income Support or Employment and Support Allowance, you or your partner must be under pension credit age and either registered blind or getting at least one of the following:

  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment
  • Working Tax Credit with a disability element
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Constant Attendance Allowance
  • War Pensioners Mobility Supplement
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • Employment Support Allowance
  • Personal Independence Payment 

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

Severe Disability Premium

You may get this if you get the disability premium or the higher pensioner premium.

There are two 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
  • no-one gets Carer’s Allowance for looking after you
  • you get one of the following benefits - the middle or higher rate care component of Disability Living Allowance, the standard or enhanced rate daily living component of Personal Independence Payment, or Armed Forces Independence Payment

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 one of the following benefits - the middle or higher rate care component of Disability Living Allowance, the standard or enhanced rate daily living component of Personal Independence Payment, Attendance Allowance or Armed Forces Independence Payment

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
  • no-one gets Carer’s Allowance for looking after you
  • you both get one of the following benefits - the middle or higher rate care component of Disability Living Allowance, the standard or enhanced rate daily living component of Personal Independence Payment, Attendance Allowance or Armed Forces Independence Payment

Rate if you and your partner qualify

You get this if:

  • you have a partner
  • no-one gets Carer’s Allowance for looking after you
  • you both get one of the following benefits - the higher rate care component of Disability Living Allowance, the enhanced rate daily living component of Personal Independence Payment, Attendance Allowance or Armed Forces Independence Payment

Enhanced Disability Premium

You get this if you’re under Pension Credit age and either you or your partner receive one of the following:

  • the higher rate care component of Disability Living Allowance
  • the enhanced rate daily living component of Personal Independence Payment
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment

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