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PIP and ESA assessments?

Hi everybody!
So sorry if I don't do this right... It's my first post ever but... I got awarded PIP standard daily living in September just passed after 3/4 of a year trying to prove them that I really needed the help. The thing I was going to ask was... I was on income support and now forced to come off it as my daughter is turning 5 and I only just found out I could apply for ESA instead of universal credit because I'm eligible for Severe disability premium. (Which I thought I had but apparently not! It's getting sorted out now.) 
But I'm scared about going through another assessment after PIP. It nearly tore me apart. Do I have to go through another assessment with ESA despite only getting daily living? Can they use my PIP award as evidence? 
Sorry for the wall of text!! 

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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    HI and welcome,

    Yes, unfortunately, you will need to be assessed for the work capability assessment too as you've now applied for ESA. Although you have been awarded PIP they are 2 different benefits, with different criteria. When you receive the work capability assessment for then you'll need to fill it in with as much information as possible about how your conditions affect you and send relevant evidence with the form to support your claim.

    You can send your PIP award as evidence but whether it will be used or not will depend what you scored the points for with PIP.

    Remember the work capability assessment is about the work you can do and not the work you can't do. They will assess your ability to do any type of work.

    Hope this helps. Good luck.
    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.
  • JiggyitupJiggyitup Member Posts: 2 Listener
    Okay. That's okay. I was thinking it was going to be more like PIP as an assessment. That seems a bit more reasonable. 
    Thank you very much! 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    The face to face assessment is similar to PIP but with different criteria. See link for more information.

    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.
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,653 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Jiggyitup, just wanted to check in to see how you were doing. :)
    Scope

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