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Hi, my name is Miner! Should I get ESA support group after being awarded PIP?

MinerMiner Member Posts: 6 Listener
Hi thanks for having me👍  I have a question I’d like to ask the community if I may.  I get ESA at the standard rate of £74.70 per week, I recently got awarded PIP for my disability, should I automatically get ESA support on top of my basic ESA?  I was given a phone interview back in March and the outcome was they wanted a face to face not sure how, when all suspended due to Covid.  If I should qualify for this ESA support payment top up money now, can someone please inform me how to go about it, thanks in advance Miner.

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  • MinerMiner Member Posts: 6 Listener
    Hi thanks for having me👍  I have a question I’d like to ask the community if I may.  I get ESA at the standard rate of £74.70 per week, I recently got awarded PIP for my disability, should I automatically get ESA support on top of my basic ESA?  I was given a phone interview back in March and the outcome was they wanted a face to face not sure how, when all suspended due to Covid.  If I should qualify for this ESA support payment top up money now, can someone please inform me how to go about it, thanks in advance Miner.
  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 11,008 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome to the community 

    Getting pip doesn't automatically entitle you to the esa support group that depends on the outcome of your assessment 

    F2f are taking place now for those who have been unable to have a decision based on phone assessment 

    You may be entitled to sdp payment if you live alone or with someone who also gets a disability benefit and if nobody claims carers allowance for you 

    If this is the case then call esa to claim
  • MarkN88MarkN88 Member Posts: 1,220 Pioneering
    They are two separate benefits so no PIP does not automatically qualify you I’m afraid. 
  • MinerMiner Member Posts: 6 Listener
    Janer1967, thank you for the reply👍




  • MinerMiner Member Posts: 6 Listener
    MarkN88, thanks for the reply..
  • FraserFraser Member Posts: 2 Connected
    They did a telephone interview with me 4 weeks after my application for ESA last year & on that basis put me in the support group. I’ve since moved onto the equivalent for veterans. Does the PIP assessment offer you any supporting evidence? It could br worth contacting ESA to suggest that. Believe it or not they do not communicate with each other, you have to do all of the chasing. 
  • MinerMiner Member Posts: 6 Listener
    Thanks for replying.


  • Ross_ScopeRoss_Scope Posts: 4,097

    Scope community team

    Hello @miner and welcome to the community, how are you? 

    I hope the response from Jane has been able to resolve your query. As mentioned, PIP won't impact your ESA outcome as they are two separate benefits. I hope your face to face goes well, is it far off or not been arranged yet?
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  • MinerMiner Member Posts: 6 Listener
    Hi, it’s not been arranged yet, I can’t see me attending any face to face.  As Scotland cases are on the increase and being COPD positive I’m at a higher risk of contracting COVID.  I’m pretty much shielding and will be continuing to do so.
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