ESA and severe disability premium

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Hi all

I have applied for contribution based ESA and sent assessment form back. I also receive PIP standard rate for both components. I was just wondering do I qualify for severe disability premium and if so how do I apply. Its my first month out of work and without a wage I can already see the financial impact. I need help to access the benefits I might be entitled to

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    It would depend on other circumstances as there's other criteria to claiming SDP. Is anyone claiming Carers Allowance for you and do you live with any non dependents (anyone over the age of 18) Also the premiums aren't paid on Contribution based ESA. If you answered "no" to those first 2 questions then you maybe eligible for an Income based top up for the SDP.

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      Hi Denise

      I live alone and none claims carers allowance for me. So how do I apply for the income top up and is there anything else I might be entitled to? Thanks for your help and guidance

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      RIng ESA and ask them to send you a form, i think. It's different for you because you're claiming Contribution Based. Housing Benefit is another. Anything else like Blue Badge, road tax reduction would depend what part of PIP mobility you score the points in. Was it moving around part? If so then you can claim those, if not then no. I think that's about it.

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      Hi just wondering if you can help I got offered my premium payment but not had my back dated yet because I moved address it's gone to a discussion maker for a second advise on the 27th march I had my first top up of 61.80 on top of my esa do use think I'll still get my back dated money ? I did ring them on Friday and the man said I still shud get it changing address shudnt really matter so god nose what's going on

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    If you ring your local CAB some of them have a special adviser on benefits and they can help you fill in the forms plus give you any further advice, please go and see them asap. They are very helpful and are dealing with benefit issues more and more.
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      The form for SDP is extremely easy and there really is no need to have help filling it in. It's just ticking a few boxes.

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      I went to the job centre and asked for the form and a very rude gentleman said the only other thing I can apply for is PIP. He was very unhelpful and don't even seem to know what SDP is. I left as itnseemed pointless. I will call esa up tomorrow

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      It's easier if you ring ESA yes. The problem is with SDP is if you don't ring them for a form they don't send you one. It's not something they automatically send out. The complicated criteria is the reason for this.

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