Severe Disablement Allowance
No new claims for Severe Disablement Allowance have been allowed since 6 April 2001. You may have been able to claim if before April 2001 you were unable to work because of illness or disability.
Royal Mail strike action (Autumn 2022)
Should the upcoming strike action by Royal Mail delay you sending benefits information by post, you should contact your relevant benefits branch or service centre.
Employment and Support Allowance replaced Severe Disablement Allowance
Severe Disablement Allowance has been replaced with Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).
If you already get Severe Disablement Allowance, you will continue to do so as long as you meet the qualifying conditions.
Your Severe Disablement Allowance isn’t usually affected if you:
- do volunteer work
- work for less than 16 hours a week on average and earn up to £120 a week
- work and earn up to £120 a week, if your work is done as part of a treatment programme or is supervised by someone from a local council or voluntary organisation
- work and earn up to £120 a week and are free from personal capability assessment
This is called ‘permitted work’.
If your circumstances change
Tell the Department for Communities (DfC) if your circumstances change - this can affect how much you get. The number will be on any letters DfC has sent you.