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Will personal independence payment (PIP) medical assessments be the same as employment and support allowance (ESA) medical assessments?

The DWP are very insistent that personal independence payment (PIP) medical assessments are very different to employment and support allowance (ESA) medical assessments.

It is certainly true that the criteria for the two benefits are very different.  But the assessment method is very similar indeed, given that both require most claimants to fill out a form relating to the points system and then, in most cases, have a medical assessment using the same points based system.

ESA medical reports are already routinely used as evidence when looking at DLA claims and it seems very likely that they will be available as evidence for PIP claims and vice versa.

It may only be a matter of time before it is announced that a single test has been created to assess claimants for both benefits.