employment and support allowance

  • Employment and support allowance and studying


    factsheet

    This factsheet provides information about employment and support allowance, a benefit for people who have health problems or disabilities that are a barrier to work, as it applies to students.

  • Benefit choices when a disabled young person lives at home and is still in education


    factsheet

    This factsheet is a flowchart providing basic information about when young people aged 16 to 19 with a disability or health problem can claim employment and support allowance; and when their parent(s) can continue to receive benefit for them.

  • Benefits for disabled children from age 16

    Level: Basic

    training course

    This basic level course focuses on the transition to adult benefits from age 16 for young people with disabilities or health problems who still live at home. It looks at changes to disability benefits for the young person, and introduces the circumstances in which a young person can claim adult benefits in their own right while still living at home.

    The course covers:

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  • ESA and work capability assessment - an introduction


    training course

    This one-day course gives you an introduction to entitlement to employment and support allowance (ESA), and how ESA will be affected by the introduction of universal credit. Assuming little or no previous experience, this course provides an introduction to the medical assessments that apply for both ESA and UC.

    The course covers:

    • Who is entitled to ESA
    • How the work capability assessment works
    • An introduction to work-related activity
    • What will change for ESA claimants when universal credit is rolled out
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  • Mental health and benefits

    Level: Standard

    training course

    This popular course is jointly led by Paula John, a mental health officer and social worker with extensive experience in mental health, and Alison Gillies, welfare rights worker with CPAG . It provides a practical and tactical look at working with people with mental health diagnoses to help secure full entitlement to benefits, and to help avoid some of the pitfalls of the system.

    The course covers:

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  • Dealing with destitution

    Level: Standard

    training course

    Increasingly advisers are supporting clients who have been left destitute due to a problem with their benefits. This course covers the common causes and focuses on practical steps advisers can take to get benefits in payment and access other support.

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  • Safeguarding guidance: a tool for practitioners

    Issue 248 (October 2015)
    article

    Safeguarding procedures exist within DWP guidance to protect vulnerable claimants if their claim is about to be stopped. Greenwich Welfare Rights Service has found that querying with the DWP when the guidance has not been applied has regularly resulted in benefit being reinstated quickly. Owen Stevens and Corin Hammersley explain current safeguarding guidance for employment and support allowance (ESA) and universal credit (UC).

  • ESA and substantial risk

    Issue 247 (August 2015)
    article

    Alison Gillies provides an update on some increasingly important rules.

  • ESA and ‘significant worsening’

    Issue 246 (June 2015)
    article

    Recent rule changes make it more difficult for claimants to get employment and support allowance (ESA) in payment straight away if they reclaim following failing the work capability assessment (WCA). One way to do so is on the basis that their health condition has ‘significantly worsened’. But what does that mean, and how will the DWP approach the matter? Simon Osborne explains.

  • ESA and abolition of the ‘six month rule’

    Issue 245 (April 2015)
    article

    Simon Osborne describes important new rules which affect repeat claims for employment and support allowance (ESA) following failure of the work capability assessment, and entitlement to ESA pending appeal.