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Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

 

What is Employment and Support Allowance?

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.

Eligibility for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

Use a benefits calculator to check if you can get Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit before you apply.

You may get ESA if your illness or disability affects your ability to work and you’re:

  • under State Pension age
  • not getting Statutory Sick Pay or Statutory Maternity Pay and you have not gone back to work
  • not getting Jobseeker’s Allowance

You can apply for ESA if you are:

  • employed
  • self-employed
  • unemployed
  • a student

How do I apply for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)?

For further information on how to apply for ESA please go to the Gov.uk website: https://www.gov.uk/employment-support-allowance