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People have said I should apply for pip but I'm scared I won't qualify and will lose my ESA and HB

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This discussion was created from comments split from: Hi, my name is artydave!.


  • artydave
    artydave Member Posts: 2 Listener
    I am in receipt of ESA benefit people have said that I should apply for pip but I am scared that I will not qualify and then lose my ESA and housing benefit
  • L_Volunteer
    L_Volunteer Community Volunteer Adviser Posts: 334 Pioneering
    Hi @artydave

    Welcome to Scope's forum. It is great to see you have joined us. I think you will be pleased to know that we are indeed a kind bunch here at Scope's forum! How are you feeling at the moment?

    Unfortunately, ESA and PIP are not my areas of expertise which means I am hoping someone with more knowledge in this area can respond to you soon with more specific support. However, in the meantime, does it reassure you to know that PIP is based on the impact of your disability? If you would like more support with this, I think you may benefit from our discussions about ESA and PIP which you can find at and Additionally, we also have a discussion section about mental health issues where you can talk to people who share similar experiences if you wish. If you are interested, you can find the discussion at

    I will look forward to hearing from you again soon  :)
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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 23,843 Disability Gamechanger
    edited September 30
    PIP/ESA and housing benefit are all completely different benefits. If you apply for PIP and you’re not awarded then it will have no affect on your other benefits.
    Whether you’re entitled to PIP will totally depend on how your conditions affect you against the PIP descriptors.
    Have a read of this link, it may help

  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Posts: 6,030

    Scope community team

    Hi @artydave :) Just to let you know, I've split off your question about PIP and the comments answering your question and made them into a new post. You didn't do anything wrong, I just through it made sense to have a separate post for your question, and keep the other post as an introductory one so that our members can welcome you to the community.

    I hope that the above comments have helped to put your mind at ease. Please do take a look at the link poppy123456 has posted to read through the PIP descriptors, and let us know whether you have any further questions. 
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