Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

Moving from incapacity benefits to ESA

You’ll be told whether you’re in the support group or work-related activity group if you’re transferred from:

  • Incapacity Benefit
  • Income Support paid because of illness or disability
  • Severe Disablement Allowance

You’ll have a Work Capability Assessment to determine your ESA eligibility. If you’re eligible, your benefit will be transferred automatically and there will not be a break in the payments you receive.

If the amount of benefit you currently get is lower than the amount of ESA, your money will increase as soon as you move to ESA.

You’ll get a ‘top-up payment’ If the amount of benefit you currently get is more than the normal ESA amount. This means that you’ll continue to get the same amount of money as you get now.

The amount of benefit you get will not then rise until the normal amount of ESA has increased by the amount of the top-up payment.