Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
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PIP and Esa

My wife in receiving both elements of PIP , higher rates and this was awarded 2 years ago for a period of  10 years. She has MS and had been paid long term sick by her employers for the last 3 and a half years and paid NI contributions. She is to receive severance from her employers shortly and finished up. Will she automatically be eligible for contributions based ESA as she has already been assessed under the PIP criteria, without further interviews etc.

Thank you in anticipation



  • CockneyRebelCockneyRebel Member Posts: 5,257 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi Johnny and welcome

    Unfortunately ESA and PIP are separate benefits, there is no automatic eligibility 
    Be all you can be, make  every day count. Namaste
  • JohnnyTJohnnyT Member Posts: 2 Listener
    Thank you for you kind words Mr Rebel.

    Do you think my wife will need assessing medically again or will they be content to rely on the PIP medical assessment. It seems mad to arrange a further assesment when she was fully assesed recently for PIP and received a "lifetime", or now 10 year award.
    I am wondering if the trauma my wife would go through would be worthwhile.


    Johnnyt (Northern Rebel)
  • CockneyRebelCockneyRebel Member Posts: 5,257 Disability Gamechanger
    the criteria for each, although they seem similar, are different. So, sorry to say that a new assessment will be required. The best I can offer is to take the self test and supply as much relevant evidence as possible
    Be all you can be, make  every day count. Namaste
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 23,185 Disability Gamechanger
    Claiming Contributions based ESA will also depend on her NI contributions in the previous 2 tax years. You'll also need to check what's in your area, if it's a full universal credit area then it's new style ESA she needs to claim.
    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.
  • Pippa_AlumniPippa_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 5,851 Disability Gamechanger
    Welcome to the community, @JohnnyT!
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