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am I entitled to the IR ESA top up?

sleeplessinsanitysleeplessinsanity Member Posts: 2 Listener
Hi I am new here and hoping that someone can answer my ramblings that are bound to about to happen... sorry I don’t sleep a lot so can be a little 🤯 at times. But I have some questions about ESA, PIP topups and premiums etc.  Ok here goes...

in february i had to give up my job due to a mental breakdown triggered by a number of different things but the main thing being my 13 year old son (I have 3 boys 13, 14 & 15) but I won’t go in to that on here as that is for a totally different forum! Long story short have fought for Ed psych support at school, finally got it last week 👍. School have blantently lied and tried to cover tracks but anyway I’m rambling! ( sorry did warn you it happens 😕). 

In June I applied for ESA as I could no longer live on just tax credits. Have just had my assessment yesterday so will find out in 6-8 weeks I’m told of which group if any I will be put in. 

In July I applied for PIP and last week had the news that I am awarded standard daily living and enhanced mobility due to the nature of my depression and panic disorder. 

I have now received a form for severe disability premium which the local government member will help me with when he visits me tomorrow. 

Sorry so I suppose my question is am I entitled to the IR ESA top up?  Sorry should have mentioned my ESA is cont based as I have always worked until this year and what other impact will the PIP award have on anything that may help me.

i have struggled as a single parent for many years but none have been as tough as the last 12 months and now financial difficulties are affecting my already delicate mental health. I just need to know that it is possible that me and my boys will be ok I need to focus fully on supporting my sons and getting well soon can do that but wow sorry rambling 🙈

i know how I am very lucky to have Pip awarded as I have seen so many horror stories online. I suppose on this occasion I was one of the few lucky ones who didn’t have to fight for it 🙏🏻

Chin up those who are waiting it is possible to get a good news story when applying for PIP 🤠


  • Pippa_AlumniPippa_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 5,851 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @sleeplessinsanity, and a warm welcome to the community! Great to have you here.

    Thanks for sharing this with us. Hopefully some of our community members will be in touch and able to advise about your ESA. In the meantime, you may be interested in this list of extra money and help PIP entitles you to.

    It may also be worth getting in touch with Gingerbread, a charity that offers help for single parents, to see if there's anything they can do to support you. Please do keep in touch and let us know how you're doing!
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger

    As you're a single parent with just your dependent children living with you then you're classed as living alone for SDP purposes, so the answer is yes you'll be entitled to this premium. It will be backdated to the start of your PIP claim (so when you first applied)

    Great news on the PIP by the way and goodluck with the ESA.
    Proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice I have given to members here on the community.
  • sleeplessinsanitysleeplessinsanity Member Posts: 2 Listener
    Thanks for your replies to the ramblings of a mad woman 🙈
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