Employment Support Allowance (ESA)

Employment Support Allowance (ESA) is a social security benefit available if you are either ill or disabled. You can claim ESA if you are employed, unemployed or self-employed. ESA offers financial support, and if you are able to work, personalised support to help you get back into work. If you qualify for ESA, for the first 13 weeks after you make a claim, you will be paid at the Assessment rate. After this you will be placed in one of two groups: a)  The Support Group  You don’t have to go to interviews, but you can ask to talk to a personal adviser. You’re usually in this group if your illness or disability severely limits what you can do. b)  The Work Related Activity Group You must go to regular interviews with an adviser who can help with things like job goals and improving your skills. For more information, visit the ESA section of the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) website by clicking here If you want to make a claim for ESA, call the DWP on 0800 055 6688. We can help you fill out the ESA form to make your claim and can also help you make an appeal if you feel the DWP has put you in the incorrect group. We operate an appointment system on a first come, first served basis.