Research and analysis

Routes onto Employment and Support Allowance (RR774)

Survey of ESA claimants providing information about their short-term employment trajectories over a period of around 18 months.

Documents

Routes onto Employment and Support Allowance (RR774): report

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Routes onto Employment and Support Allowance (RR774): summary

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Detail

By Paul Sissons, Helen Barnes and Helen Stevens

Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) was introduced in October 2008 to replace Incapacity Benefit (IB) and Income Support (IS) received on the grounds of incapacity.

This report presents the findings from a two-wave survey of ESA claimants providing detailed information about the characteristics of claimants and their short-term employment trajectories over a period of around 18 months.

The research involved face-to-face interviews with a sample of 3,650 people who claimed ESA between April and June 2009, and follow-up telephone interviews with 1,842 participants who agreed to be contacted again.