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


  • ESA and sanctions – more hard times ahead

    Issue 232 (February 2013)
    article

    New rules came into effect on 3 December 2012 for employment and support allowance (ESA) claimants who fall foul of the requirement on them to take part in work-related activity or a work-focused interviews. Edward Graham outlines the main features of the new sanctions regime.

  • WCA changes again

    Issue 232 (February 2013)
    article

    New rules taking effect from 28 January 2013 make further changes to the work capability assessment (WCA). Simon Osborne describes what has happened.

  • Whither the WCA?

    Issue 230 (October 2012)
    article

    Simon Osborne considers prospects for reform and other change to the work capability assessment.

  • Does time limiting ESA breach human rights?

    Issue 229 (August 2012)
    article

    Sarah Clarke considers the position.

  • ESA and time-limiting: a Q&A

    Issue 228 (June 2012)
    article

    Simon Osborne rounds up some of the questions being posed about the detailed working of the time-limiting of contributory employment and support allowance (ESA).

  • Changes to employment and support allowance

    Issue 227 (April 2012)
    article

    Simon Osborne sets out the changes made to ESA by the Welfare Reform Act 2012, and other changes and procedures that result from them.

  • Welfare Reform Act 2012

    Issue 227 (April 2012)
    article

    Do acts speak louder than words? Edward Graham gives a round-up of the changes on their way.

  • Never the twain shall meet? ESA medical reports and DLA decision making

    Issue 226 (February 2012)
    article

    David Simmons considers the legalities of the DWP and tribunals relying on ESA85 medical reports when making DLA decisions.

  • Escalating conditionality

    Issue 225 (December 2011)
    article

    David Simmons describes the new conditionality regime for benefit claimants provided for in the Welfare Reform Bill 2011.

  • Unnoticed? The flaw in ESA conversion decisions

    Issue 224 (October 2011)
    article

    Martin Williams discusses the problems with letters sent by the DWP to existing claimants of incapacity benefit (IB), severe disablement allowance (SDA) and income support (IS) on grounds of disability informing them that they are to be reassessed for employment and support allowance (ESA).