Employment & Support Allowance: New claims

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1. What is Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)? 

Employment and Support Allowance is for working age people with an illness or disability and gives financial support if you’re unable to work. It has replaced Incapacity Benefit and Income Support paid because of an illness or disability. You can apply for ESA if you’re employed, self-employed or unemployed. You also have to: •  Not be entitled to statutory sick pay. •  Not be entitled to income support or Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) •  Not be in a couple entitled to joint-claim JSA.

Information updated August 2018. Please note that information may be subject to change. All information is provided in good faith but Disability Information Scotland does not endorse any product or service referred to within this resource.