Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
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ESA Descriptor Question.

if you need physical assistance from someone who is physically present with you to enable you to complete a task due to physical disablement or serious mental health condition (as per descriptors)  but you don't actuaslly get any support from anyone (due to isolation etc) and live alone and just dont do the task because of pain/mental health (or in my case add kids who do absolutely zero when it comes to helping you as they are so selfish) do you still qualify as meeting the descriptor even though no one is present to offer physical assistance even though you need it but are not receiving it?


  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger

    Yes, it doesn't matter whether you receive the support or not.

    May i ask which descriptor you're talking about? Are you you talking about regulation 35, which is what most people gain entry into the support group through, especially mental health.
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  • Joanne_ScopeJoanne_Scope Scope helpline, Scope adviser Posts: 190 Pioneering
    Hi @goldielocks1,

    There is some really useful information about the descriptors for ESA and filling in the ESA50 on the Scope website.

    If you have any questions after reading it, please get back in touch.  :)

  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,653 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @goldielocks1 and a very warm welcome to the community, how are you getting on?

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