Working age protected groups
If you are in one of the following groups, you are classed as being in the 'working age protected groups'.
Enhanced disability premium
You and any partner must be under state pension credit qualifying age and either:
- you are (or in the case of a couple, either partner) receiving the highest rate of the care component of disability living allowance or the enhanced rate of the daily living component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP); or
- you qualify for the Employment and Support Allowance support component
Severe disability premium
You or your partner must be receiving one of the following qualifying benefits:
- the middle or highest rate of the care component of disability living allowance or the enhanced rate of the daily living component of personal independence payment; or
- attendance allowance at either rate; or
- a benefit which is treated as attendance allowance; and
- no non-dependants; and
- no-one must be receiving carer’s allowance for you or your partner
Disabled child premium
- the child or young person in the family is blind or has recently regained their sight; or
- the child or young person receives disability living allowance (either component at any rate) or personal independence payment (either component at any rate)
- you (or, in the case of a couple, either partner) are entitled to carer’s allowance or were entitled to carer’s allowance within the past eight weeks
Customers in receipt of war disablement pension or war widow(er)s pension will also be protected.
You or partner only have to be ‘entitled’ and not ‘in receipt’, so where carer’s allowance is overlapped by another benefit that is sufficient, i.e., underlying entitlement to carer’s allowance.