Severe Disablement Allowance

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Severe Disablement Allowance is a benefit which was abolished for new claims in April 2001. However, many people continue to receive it. Note: this leaflet gives a brief summary of Severe Disablement Allowance and is for guidance only. It does not cover all situations, nor is it a full statement of the law. Sources of further, more detailed information are given at the end.

Severe Disablement Allowance was for people under 65 and incapable of work, but whose National Insurance contributions were not enough to claim long-term Incapacity Benefit.

Severe Disablement Allowance standard rate is £69.00 per week (April 2012) plus additions for various circumstances and it is not taxable.

Usually Severe Disablement Allowance stops if you start work, but check with your local Jobcentre Plus office for up-to-date rules. You can do a small amount of permitted work without your benefits being affected.

Benefit Enquiry Line (BEL)

England, Wales and Scotland - Tel: 0800 88 22 00 Textphone: 0800 24 33 55 Northern Ireland - Tel: 0800 220 674 Textphone: 0800 243 787 For people with disabilities, their carers and representatives. BEL offers confidential advice and information on benefits and how to claim them.


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Citizens Advice Bureau

Provides independent advice on many issues including benefits. Listed in the phone book under 'Citizens Advice Bureaux'. Also, see their excellent website:

Department for Work and Pensions

Their website provides a list of claim forms that you can download or fill in online for benefits, allowances, pensions and other payments -

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Dr Tim Kenny
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