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Severe Disablement Allowance (SDA) - A Guide

You cannot make a new claim for Severe Disablement Allowance.
But if you had been getting the allowance before April 2001, you will continue to receive it.

Reassessment of claims:

Severe Disablement Allowance is being phased out.

Between October 2010 and Spring 2014 people who receive Severe Disablement Allowance, will be assessed for Employment and Support Allowance.

The change will not affect: people who are already being paid Employment and Support Allowance and people who reach state pension age before 6 April 2014.

Eligibility

You cannot make a new claim for Severe Disablement Allowance. But if you had been getting the allowance before April 2001, you will continue to receive it.

You may have been entitled to SDA (before April 2001) if you were assessed as being 80 per cent disabled and you were:

Rates - See Benefit Rates



How it is paid

Severe Disablement Allowance is paid into your bank, building society, Post Office or National Savings account.

If you are registered blind or need someone who cares for you to collect your money, you can be sent a cheque to be cashed at the Post Office.

Effect on other benefits

There are some types of 'exempt work' you can do while getting Severe Disablement Allowance; ask your local Jobcentre for more details.

If you are getting SDA and a wage, this could affect income-related benefits you may be receiving, like Income Support, Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit.

How to claim

You cannot normally claim Severe Disablement Allowance if you are not getting it already. But you may be able to claim if you received Severe Disablement Allowance before April 2001 and

  • you stopped getting it for eight weeks or less or
  • you stopped getting it for less than 104 weeks because you started work or training.

If you think you may be able to claim or require further advice contact your local Jobcentre.

What to do if your circumstances change

It is important that you contact your Jobcentre if your circumstances change. For example if:

  • you do any work including voluntary work
  • you start training and get a training allowance
  • you change your address
  • you have been in hospital for 52 weeks and part of your benefit is paid for another adult or child
  • you go abroad

If you go abroad temporarily or permanently you may be entitled to some form of Severe Disablement Allowance overseas. For more information, contact your local Jobcentre.



What else you need to know

If you think you would have been entitled to Severe Disablement Allowance when it had been available before April 2001, you may now be eligible to claim Employment and Support Allowance.

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