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Had good ESA WCA report - should I apply for higher rate PIP, am on DLA middle rate

I had a good medical report following WCA assessment, I only get middle rate care DLA, I have always been wary applying for higher rate for which I qualify.

Since I got a good medical report following WCA assessment last month, would now be the right moment to apply for PIP?

I may be re-assessed by the same health professional. 


  • wilkowilko Member Posts: 2,355 Disability Gamechanger
    Hello and welcome, in your opinion you qualify for high rate enhanced PIP. But as you must be aware DLA ans PIP use a different criteria for assessment DLA was is about your disability whereas PIP is about your abilities in relation to the PIP descriptors. So applying before you are invited to migrate over to PIP could go against you and you lose what you already have. 
  • KG100KG100 Member Posts: 178 Pioneering
    I've spoken to people who thought they were entitled to the enhanced rate of PIP from the middle rate of DLA and have lost out.
    I waited untill I was invited to apply. 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger

    You definitely won't be assessed by the same person because ESA and PIP assessments are done by different health assessment providers.

    Being entitled to ESA doesn't mean you'll be entitled to the mobility part of PIP because the criteria is different.

    Transferring across before you're invited to apply is a big risk. At the moment you're being paid the DLA. There's so many people that lost everything when transferring across. My advice, is wait until you're invited.
    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.
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 587 Listener
    Yeah I would wait as well, pip is different from dla.
  • spb1612spb1612 Member Posts: 21 Connected
    It seems that you have to be a paraplegic to qualify for PIP.  My condition deteriorated considerably, with severe limbs and back pain which renders me unable to cope with daily chores like cooking and washing, since I was awarded middle rate DLA over 15 years ago. I am house bound most of the time depending on other to help me.
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