Back payments Severe Disability Premium

In 2016 the High Court decided that back payments must be made to claimants who lost out on a Severe Disability Premium. Claimants were paid SDP retrospectively from the time they were either awarded Personal Independence Payments or transferred (as in my case) from Disability Living Allowance to PIP.

A friend said he received SDP back payments from when he was transferred from DLA to Pip about six years ago and received almost £20,000. I was transferred from DLA to PIP over a year ago and received, quite naturally, back payments of about six times less than my friend.

If only I had been transferred from DLA to PIP at the same time as my friend……

I understand but could be wrong, that claimants who were, and still are, receiving DLA are entitled to the Severe Disability Premium. Why then, if this is so, can’t claimants who were receiving DLA in 2016 receive the SDA back payments from that time?

It all seems so unfair, not only to me but thousands of others

Hello Jeff

Firstly welcome to our forum, understandably this is incredibly frustrating for you. I would suggest you speak to our advice line and see if they can help in any way, you can contact them on 0808 808 7777 from Monday to Friday, 9am – 6pm or you can contact us by email (

Just to note and you’re probably already aware but we are running some online meetup sessions for carers, its a great way to meet other carers, share tips, advice and support each other. I’ve attached the link for you, we’d love to see you there.
People say they’ve found it really helpful and supportive and it’s nice to be able to take a little bit of time for yourself. There’s no pressure to share any more than you’re comfortable with.

with best wishes

Thank you so much. I will give that number a ring.