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Transferring PIP and ESA when moving between NI and GB

On 6 April 2016, new rules come into force which will ensure that people moving between Northern Ireland and Great Britain will not have to make fresh claims or go through a stressful new Work Capability Assessment for:

  • Employment and Support Allowance (ESA);
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP) when it is introduced in Northern Ireland from 20 June 2016. 

The Social Security (NI Reciprocal Arrangements) Regulations 2016 provide for a decision to be recognised once the person moves within the UK without further assessment.

Law Centre (NI) has in the past sought to have ESA included in the former Reciprocal Arrangements between NI and GB. As a result, DSD and DWP had set up an extra statutory scheme for ESA claimants who suffered financially due to moving between the two jurisdictions.

It now seems that the extra statutory scheme will not be relevant to people moving between NI and GB from 6 April 2016, but it remains unclear how those currently covered by the scheme will be affected.

Read SR 2016.No 287 here.

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