Benefits and epilepsy

If you have epilepsy you may be eligible to apply for benefits. This depends on what your epilepsy is like and how it affects you.

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Benefits and epilepsy

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Explaining about epilepsy and how it affects you can be difficult.

If you are applying for benefits such as Employment Support Allowance (ESA) and Personal Independence Payment (PIP), you may have to attend a face-to-face interview or medical assessment.

Sometimes, explaining about epilepsy and how it affects you can be difficult. Some people may know very little about epilepsy and how it can affect daily living. Others may have misconceptions about what epilepsy is, and how people with epilepsy are affected.

Download our factsheet for some of the reasons why epilepsy is a 'special case' when it comes to benefits assessments and eligibility. You can take this factsheet with you to your assessment.

Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

PIP  is a UK benefit for people over the age of 16, to help with any additional costs due to having a long-term disability or health condition.

Universal credit

Universal Credit is now available to all new claimants (unless they get, or are entitled to get, Severe Disability Premium). It is a benefit for working-age people (usually 16 to 64 years) who are on a low income, or who are looking for work and will replace some existing benefits, listed below.

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Benefit decisions and appeals

Whether someone with epilepsy can claim benefits will depend on their situation. Some benefits such as Personal Independence Payment (PIP) are for people with a long-term disability or health condition, who need help or support with daily living, or with mobility, or both.

More information on Personal Independence Payments (PIP)

How to apply for PIP

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a UK benefit for people over the age of 16, to help with any additional costs due to having a long-term disability or health condition. This information is designed to help you with the first stage of applying for PIP - making a claim.

How to fill in your PIP form

It is important that you fill in your form promptly and try not to put it off, even if it looks difficult. There is a short time frame for filling in and returning your form (usually one month), and this should be explained in the information you get from the DWP, which will include the deadline for returning the form.