Employment and support allowance

Welfare Rights -Employment and support allowance block

Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) provides financial help to people who are unable to work because of illness or disability. This page lists all our resources on ESA.

Key resources


  • Safeguarding guidance: a tool for practitioners

    Issue 248 (October 2015)
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    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)
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    Alison Gillies provides an update on some increasingly important rules.

  • ESA and ‘significant worsening’

    Issue 246 (June 2015)
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    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)
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    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.

  • Repeat WCAs following appeal: new guidance

    Issue 243 (December 2014)
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    The DWP has issued new guidance (Memo DMG 27/14) about repeat referrals for the work capability assessment (WCA), where the claimant has been successful in an appeal. As before, when a repeat WCA is to be applied is not a matter of law, and so is not in itself a potential subject of appeal to the First-tier Tribunal. However, the guidance, described here by Simon Osborne, provides some very useful pointers in advising claimants as to what they can expect.

  • Waiting days for JSA and ESA

    Issue 243 (December 2014)
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    New regulations, which came into force on 27 October, extend from three to seven the number of waiting days at the start of a claim for jobseekers allowance (JSA) or employment support allowance (ESA), during which the claimant has no entitlement.1 Dan Norris explains.

    • 1. Social Security (Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance) (Waiting Days) Amendment Regulations 2014 SI No.3096; Social Security (Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance) (Waiting Days) Amendment Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2014 (SR No.235/2014)
  • Overpayments and official error

    Issue 242 (October 2014)
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    Simon Osborne reviews rules on the relationship between benefit overpayment recovery and official error, with reference to some recent decisions from the Upper Tribunal.

  • Mandatory reconsideration: problems and solutions

    Issue 241 (August 2014)
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    Martin Williams looks at some of the problems thrown up by mandatory reconsideration and direct lodgement of appeals (see Bulletin 235: New appeals rules and procedures) and what advisers can do to try to solve them.

  • DWP guidance relating to extra-statutory payments of ESA for claimants who move from Northern Ireland to Great Britain

    August 2014
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    This official DWP guidance relates to extra-statutory payments of ESA for claimants who move from Northern Ireland (NI) to Great Britain (GB).

  • Work-related activity for lone parents

    Issue 240 (June 2014)
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    Dan Norris describes a rule making new demands on lone parents as a condition of getting income support (IS) or employment and support allowance (ESA).