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Severe Disability Premium

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 215192, tabled on 31 January 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to identify claimants who are eligible for a severe disability premium transitional payment and an additional lump-sum payment; and if she will make a statement.

Answered on

7 February 2019

We set out our position on Severe Disability Premium (SDP) transitional payments for claimants in a Written Statement HCWS1243 on 11 January 2019 and in the revised sets of regulations which were laid on 14 January 2019.

The draft Universal Credit (Managed Migration Pilot and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2019 contain provision to ensure that eligible claimants who had previously been in receipt of the SDP but who moved onto Universal Credit before 16 January 2019, following a change in their circumstances, will be considered for a SDP transitional amount. The provisions will include on-going monthly payments and an additional lump-sum to cover the period since they moved to Universal Credit.

These regulations are subject to parliamentary debate, therefore, we are not able to provide a date of when these will come in to force. Once the regulations are in place we will begin the process of assessing eligible claimants and make payments where appropriate. We aim to have offered all eligible claimants this additional lump-sum within six months of the regulations being approved by Parliament.

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