Employment and Support Allowance: leaflet

This leaflet explains what Employment and Support Allowance is, who can get it and what happens when you make a claim.

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Employment and Support Allowance: help if you are ill or disabled


Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) helps people with an illness or disability to move into work. It has replaced Incapacity Benefit and Income Support paid because of an illness or disability.

This leaflet explains more about:

  • what ESA is
  • who can get ESA
  • what happens when you make a claim

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Information on GOV.UK includes:

Published 1 April 2012
Last updated 27 October 2014 + show all updates
  1. Published revised version of leaflet, includes new information about ESA ‘waiting days’.
  2. Leaflet updated with increased permitted work rate of £101.00 per week.
  3. First published.