CONTACT OUR ADVISORS 0800 118 2628 OR 0151 525 3610

Employment and Support Allowance – ESA – Explained

Employment and Support Allowance – ESA – Explained

A person who’s ability to work is limited because of illness or other disability may be provided help in form of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). ESA, if awarded, will cancel incapacity benefit and income support. That is if the awardees are currently receiving one.

The factsheet covers broad information for ESA, some of the facts found are:

  • Rules for ESA
  • Residence and Presence Tests for ESA
  • EU Co-ordination rules and Reciprocal Agreements
  • The assessment phase
  • The work capability assessment
  • The work-focused interview
  • The contributory test
  • The low income test – income related ESA
  • The support group
  • The work-related activity group
  • If you are on incapacity benefit
  • The amount of ESA
  • How to claim employment and support allowance
  • ESA for students
  • Those who are already getting IB or IS
  • Permitted work

Those receiving either incapacity benefit (IB) or income support (IS) and files for ESA shall continue to receive those awards for the time being. Until assessment and finalization, the IB and IS is cancelled out and will be moved to the ESA. If further information is required after reading the factsheet this can be found in the the publication listed at the bottom part of the factsheet. See the factsheet.