Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
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Pips and esa

My son gets esa and pips At the moment they are paid into my bank account and he has a separate account for small things like magazines ( he is autistic so I am his appointee ) We also set him up with an isa I understand that amount over £6000 is reduced by a certain amount Being stupid I didn’t take into account the balance of his esa that’s in my account would also have to be taken into account so no doubt I will owe them money That’s ok cos it’s my fault what I now want to confirm is if pips is paid into same account as esa will pips be counted as capital and therefore subject to the same rules as esa ?Hope that makes sense 


  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    edited January 13
    HI and welcome,

    PIP isn't means tested so any savings he has will not affect the amount he's entitled to.

    However, for Income related ESA then all of his savings are counted, whether they are in a bank, at home or in a ISA. For any savings over £6,000 then his income related ESA will be reduced by £1 for every £250 (or part there of) over that amount. This means that the money he has from his PIP is also counted towards those savings.

    Savings of more than £16,000 then he won't be entitled to any means tested benefits.

    Hope this helps.

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