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Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

Here is a part of the information you can find on the government website https://www.gov.uk/employment-support-allowance

1. Overview

If you’re ill or disabled, Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) offers you:

  • financial support if you’re unable to work
  • personalised help so that you can work if you’re able to

You can apply for ESA if you’re employed, self-employed or unemployed.

You might be transferred to ESA if you’ve been claiming other benefits like Income Support or Incapacity Benefit.

2. What you’ll get

You can get financial support and work-related support through Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).

Financial support

You’ll normally get the assessment rate for 13 weeks after your claim. This will be:

  • up to £57.90 a week if you’re aged under 25
  • up to £73.10 a week if you’re aged 25 or over

After that, if you’re entitled to ESA, you’ll be placed in one of 2 groups and will receive:

  • up to £73.10 a week if you’re in the work-related activity group
  • up to £109.65 a week if you’re in the support group

You might get more ESA in the work-related activity group if you applied before 3 April 2017.

If you’re in the support group and on income-related ESA, you’re also entitled to the enhanced disability premium at £15.90 a week.

You may also qualify for the severe disability premium at £62.45 per week.

If the assessment takes longer than 13 weeks your benefit will be backdated to the 14th week of the claim.

Please go to the government website for further information and to claim.

https://www.gov.uk/browse/benefits/disability

 

The latest (ESA) information was as of 21st May 2017

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