ESA, or Employment and Support Allowance, is a benefit for people younger than State Pension age who are having difficulty finding work due to a long-term medical condition or disability. It is a basic income replacement benefit paid instead of wages. PIP, or Personal Independence Payments, are intended to help those who are ill or disabled cover extra day-to-day costs incurred due to their condition.
Can you claim ESA and PIP at the same time?
ESA and PIP are both benefits that help people in need due to disability or sickness, which differs from other benefits like Universal Credit.
Although you won’t be able to claim ESA alongside all other benefits, you can claim it with PIP.
You won’t be able to get ESA at the same time as Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) or Income Support, however, as the two broadly cover the same area.
Claimants also won’t be able to get Statutory Sick Pay alongside their ESA money.
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If you want to apply for contribution-based ESA, you will be able to apply if you’ve been employed or self employed and paid National Insurance contributions in the last two to three years.
National Insurance credits can also count to get you over the line.
If you have not paid enough National Insurance contributions in the last two to three years, you could be able to get income-related ESA.
You cannot get income-related ESA if you have savings or investments worth more than £16,000.