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ESA, PIP and State Pension

Eloise53Eloise53 Member Posts: 1 Listener
Hi just wonder if anyone can help, I claim ESA in the support group I also claim PIP, I will be 64 soon and according to info received from DWP my state pension will kick in next March, what happens to these 2 benefits once the state pension is paid ? I assume the ESA will stop but what about the PIP I am on the highest amount of PIP for both components ?


  • MatildaMatilda Member Posts: 2,616 Disability Gamechanger

    If you already receiving PIP before state pension age, reaching state pension age does not affect eligibility for PIP.  And if you are already receiving PIP before age 65, even if you are already also in receipt of state pension, then you remain on PIP after age 65.

    I don't know about ESA - I suggest that you ask in Ask a benefits advisor category.
  • Liam_AlumniLiam_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 1,113 Pioneering
    Hi @Eloise53,

    I have moved this post to our Ask a Benefits Advisor category, where @BenefitsTrainingCo may be able to offer further help and support.
  • BenefitsTrainingCoBenefitsTrainingCo Member Posts: 2,692 Pioneering
    Hi Eloise53

    As said by others, PIP should simply continue.

    ESA is a working age benefit and this stops when you reach State Pension age. State Pension age for men and women differs still - i am guessing you are a woman (!?) as current women's State Pension age is about 64 and men's is 65.

    I suggest you check out other entitlements using the Scope entitlement checker here. I would particularly check Pension Credit because many people with a State Pension also qualify for this and PIP entitlement can significantly increase this entitlement further.

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  • lazlaz Member Posts: 7 Listener
    i am 64, still getting dla will it continue after reaching 65, no has approached me about pip yet. thank you. Laz
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    You will be invited to apply for PIP at some point, even if that's after you've reached 65. They're just way behind where they should be in the transfer process.
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  • Pippa_AlumniPippa_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 5,851 Disability Gamechanger
    Welcome to the community, @laz!
  • MatildaMatilda Member Posts: 2,616 Disability Gamechanger
    edited October 2018

    You will keep your DLA after 65 until invited to apply for PIP when you will have an assessment, probably f2f, either at a centre or at home.  You will continue to receive DLA payments until after DWP have made a decision about your PIP award.
  • lazlaz Member Posts: 7 Listener
    thankyou Matilda, this was very helpful, cheers
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