Use a benefits calculator to check if you can get Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) before you apply. You may need to claim Universal Credit instead.
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.
Work Capability Assessment
You must have a Work Capability Assessment while your ESA claim is being assessed. This is to see to what extent your illness or disability affects your ability to work.
You’ll then be placed in one of 2 groups if you’re entitled to ESA:
- work-related activity group, where you’ll have regular interviews with an adviser
- support group, where you don’t have interviews
What you’ll get
How much ESA you get depends on:
- your circumstances, such as income
- the type of ESA you qualify for
- where you are in the assessment process
Use a benefits calculator to work out how much you can get.