Disability payments, IS, DLA


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Broken Spirit

I need some advice as to the amount of IS I should be receiving, as I have
become very confused of late.

I made a claim for DLA earlier this year, of which I was recently awarded HR
care and LR mobility. I understand the rules of this benefit and the amounts
I'm receiving.

What I am confused about are my rates of IS. Aside from my disability, I am
also a single parent with one child at home, and for the last two years have
received normal IS rates, plus a disability allowance of around £23 a week.

Since my DLA award I received a letter suggesting I may be entitled to
severe disability premium and a form to fill in and send back. Shortly
afterward I received a giro for back pay related to the enhanced disability
rate, and then today received another giro for back pay related to the
severe disability rate.

What I want to know is whether all these rates are actually paid at the same
time or whether I should only be receiving one, possibly the highest (severe
disabilty premium). Have I received an over-payment and should I expect the
DWP to ask for these giros to be returned?

Any help in calculating my IS rate will be gratefully received.
 
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Ted Hutchinson

I need some advice as to the amount of IS I should be receiving, as I have
become very confused of late.

I made a claim for DLA earlier this year, of which I was recently awarded HR
care and LR mobility. I understand the rules of this benefit and the amounts
I'm receiving.

What I am confused about are my rates of IS. Aside from my disability, I am
also a single parent with one child at home, and for the last two years have
received normal IS rates, plus a disability allowance of around £23 a week.

Since my DLA award I received a letter suggesting I may be entitled to
severe disability premium and a form to fill in and send back. Shortly
afterward I received a giro for back pay related to the enhanced disability
rate, and then today received another giro for back pay related to the
severe disability rate.

What I want to know is whether all these rates are actually paid at the same
time or whether I should only be receiving one, possibly the highest (severe
disabilty premium). Have I received an over-payment and should I expect the
DWP to ask for these giros to be returned?

Any help in calculating my IS rate will be gratefully received.
Information about the Income Support Disability Premiums is available
here http://www.disabilityalliance.org/is4.htm
from which you will see
You get all of these if you or your partner qualify for them:
Carer Premium
Enhanced Disability Premium
Severe Disability Premium

The criteria for both premiums are set out in the links
http://www.disabilityalliance.org/is4.htm#Enhanced Disability Premium

The rates for benefits/premiums etc can be found
http://www.dwp.gov.uk/publications/dwp/2003/gl23_oct.pdf
http://www.cpag.org.uk/cro/April_2003_Uprating.pdf

I cannot see any reason why you should feel these premiums haven't
been properly awarded. I am surprised they were awarded separately but
it may be someone did a check to ensure you were "living alone" which
is one of the criteria for SDP and this delayed that element of the
payment.

SDP cannot usually be paid if someone is getting Carers Allowance for
looking after you so if you do have a regular carer seek professional
welfare rights advice before suggesting s/he claims Carers Allowance.
 
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Ted Hutchinson

On Wed, 26 Nov 2003 10:38:39 +0000, Ted Hutchinson

Snip single parent awarded DLA High Rate Care queries effect on Income
Support Premiums.
I cannot see any reason why you should feel these premiums haven't
been properly awarded. I am surprised they were awarded separately but
it may be someone did a check to ensure you were "living alone" which
is one of the criteria for SDP and this delayed that element of the
payment.

SDP cannot usually be paid if someone is getting Carers Allowance for
looking after you so if you do have a regular carer seek professional
welfare rights advice before suggesting s/he claims Carers Allowance.
I have thought a bit more about this and think the most likely enquiry
the IS decision maker would make regarding this claim would be to
check that the Carers Allowance Unit was not simultaneously processing
a claim for Carers Allowance for someone caring for you. I would think
it would be quite normal for SDP to paid later than EDP as there are
more checks on entitlement to be made.
 
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Broken Spirit

Ted said:
On Wed, 26 Nov 2003 10:38:39 +0000, Ted Hutchinson

Snip single parent awarded DLA High Rate Care queries effect on Income
Support Premiums.


I have thought a bit more about this and think the most likely enquiry
the IS decision maker would make regarding this claim would be to
check that the Carers Allowance Unit was not simultaneously processing
a claim for Carers Allowance for someone caring for you. I would think
it would be quite normal for SDP to paid later than EDP as there are
more checks on entitlement to be made.

Thankyou very much for your help, and the useful links in the previous post.
I wasn't aware that both premiums were paid together, hence my query as to
whether someone made a mistake.
 

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