You might be eligible for ‘new style’ ESA if you have a disability or health condition that affects how much you can work.
Step 1 Check if you're eligible
and Start your claim
Start your claim by filling in an NSESAF1 form and arranging a 'new claim appointment' interview.
Step 2 Attend the appointment with your work coach
You'll agree what actions you'll need to take to get payments. This is called a 'Claimant Commitment'.
Step 3 Get your first payment
You’ll get a letter telling you if you’ll get ‘new style’ ESA and how much.
You'll get your first payment within 2 weeks of your interview.
and Give updates about your health and circumstances
Step 4 Fill in and send the ESA50 form
You'll get form ESA50 in the post within 4 weeks of your first payment. Return it within 28 days.
Step 5 Attend your Work Capability Assessment
You may need to go for a Work Capability Assessment. If you do, you'll get a letter telling you where to go and when.
Step 6 Get a decision about how much you'll get
Step 7 Check if your payments will stop or if you'll be reassessed
You'll be told if your payments will stop and when.
If you'll need to be assessed again, you'll be sent an ESA50 form. This is normally within 3 years.