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Severe Disablement Allowance
NOTE: Abolished for any new claims as of 5th July 2001.
Anyone under 20 and some under 25's should try for this instead.
What is it?
It is a non-means tested weekly cash Benefit for people aged between 16 - 65 who have been unable to work due to illness or disability for over 28 weeks and who have not paid the required national insurance contributions to qualify for Incapacity Benefit.
Although the qualifying conditions have been tightened lately. There are still many people who should claim. You should claim now if you are under 20 or over 20 but been unable to work before your 20th birthday or you have the high rate care component of Disability Living Allowance, or are registered as blind, or have been assessed as 80% disabled for Industrial Injuries or War Disablement Pension schemes or you have a vaccine damage payment.
Severe Disablement Allowance consists of a basic £69 weekly, plus a possible age addition at £11.70 or £5.90 depending on your age when you first claimed. Possibly partner and child additions depending on partners earnings.
New Partner additions stopped from April 2010
New child additions stopped from April 2003 when Child Tax Credits started these should now be claimed for children