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Should I use my ESA report as PIP appeal evidence?

mikej520mikej520 Member Posts: 2 Listener
edited July 2017 in PIP, DLA and AA
hi i wonder if someone could answer a question please?
i have recently had my assesment for esa and was put in the support group for a further 3 years
i applied for pip after being on dla and scored no points so im now appealing,should i use my esa report as eveidence for my appeal?


  • Liam_AlumniLiam_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 1,113 Pioneering
    Hi @mikej520,

    Welcome to Scope's online community! It's great to have you on board.

    I've moved this post to our Ask a Benefits Advisor category, where @BenefitsTrainingCo may be able to offer further help and support.

    I hope this helps. If you have any other questions, then please do get in touch.
  • mikej520mikej520 Member Posts: 2 Listener
  • BenefitsTrainingCoBenefitsTrainingCo Member Posts: 2,692 Pioneering
    Hi mikej520

    Generally i would say no, you shouldn't present the ESA report to the Tribunal because ESA and PIP are two separate benefits with different tests. But if there is specific evidence from the ESA report that directly relates to the PIP criteria then it can't do any harm to include it.

    I'm not sure what stage your challenge is up to, but if the mandatory reconsideration has not been done it may be worth reminding the DWP that it has decided to place you in the support group for a further three years. I'm not saying it will lead to them changing the decision but can't do any harm.

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  • NystagmiteNystagmite Member Posts: 608 Pioneering
    You may find it makes very little difference. In my case for example, both agree that I struggle reading large print. Because I also can't read Braille, this puts me in the support group. But, I only scored 4 points originally under PIP. (however, many things were completely ignored)
  • soloeuph64soloeuph64 Member Posts: 1 Listener
    I had my pip appeal adjourned yesterday as the judge couldn't understand why I got  nil points on pip but 37 on esa   she has requested a copy of the report
  • worried33worried33 Member Posts: 399 Pioneering
    37 is indeed an aweful lot of points on ESA, I expect its very rare for people to get that many (most get SG via regulation 35 now days).  I am not surprised at the judge's reaction because for someone to get that many points they would have multiple very significant health issues.
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