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


  • 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).

  • Recent WCA caselaw

    Issue 239 (April 2014)
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    Simon Osborne reviews some important recent caselaw about the work capability assessment (WCA).

  • Benefit during an employment and support allowance dispute

    Issue 238 (February 2014)
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    David Simmons examines the issues and options which arise in relation to the payment of benefit during a dispute about whether a claimant has limited capability for work.

  • WCA Case Law Pack: Employment and Support Allowance


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    WCA Case Law

    Price £54.50 (printed book); £47.50 (USB version); £78.50 (book plus USB version) c.800 pages - ISBN 978-0-956942-08-1

  • Walking, wheelchairs and the WCA

    Issue 237 (December 2013)
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    Simon Osborne describes a current split in the caselaw on the question of whether someone’s ability to ‘mobilise’ with a manual wheelchair refers only to functional limitations, or to wider personal factors such as the ability to store the chair. The split will hopefully be resolved in a forthcoming decision of a three-judge panel of the Upper Tribunal.

  • Making an exception

    Issue 233 (April 2013)
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    Martin Williams takes a look at preparing appeals in cases involving the work capability assessment where the argument concerns the risk of substantial harm to the claimant or another person in the event they are not found to have limited capability for work (or work-related activity).