Employment Support Allowance
Employment Support Allowance (ESA) is a benefit you can claim if you are unable to work because of a health condition or disability.
There are different types of ESA
If you have been working within the last 2-3 years you may have paid enough National Insurance Contributions to claim New Style ESA. New Style ESA does not take into account your household income or savings.
If you have not paid enough National Insurance Contributions you can claim ESA as part of Universal Credit. Universal Credit is a means-tested benefit which means it will take into account your household income and savings.
If you are eligible to claim New Style ESA, but your household income is low, you can claim Universal Credit as well as New Style ESA to top up your income.
For more information, or for help claiming benefits, please get in touch with our benefits team. We provide initial information and advice to everyone. We provide members of the Sheffield ME and Fibromyalgia Group with more detailed advice, casework and representation.
Tel: +44 114 253 6700