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


  • Benefits and the Work Programme

    Issue 223 (August 2011)
    article

    Simon Osborne describes the rules and arrangements that provide for claimants to be referred to the new employment programme, which replaces many of the existing programmes.

  • Incapacity to ESA: transfer and reassessment

    Issue 221 (April 2011)
    article

    Simon Osborne reviews the rules under which most existing claims of benefit on the basis of incapacity for work are being transferred to claims for employment and support allowance (ESA), with entitlement reassessed.

  • Contribution conditions for ESA and JSA

    Issue 219 (December 2010)
    article

    Judith Paterson describes the new, stricter national insurance contribution conditions for employment and support allowance (ESA) and jobseeker’s allowance (JSA) from November 2010.

  • Spending Review – more cuts

    Issue 219 (December 2010)
    article

    Angela Toal examines the changes to welfare benefits and tax credits announced in the Government’s Spending Review in October 2010.

  • Appealing for ESA arrears

    Issue 218 (October 2010)
    article

    CPAG examines what claimants should do if they believe they have not been paid all the arrears they are due following a successful employment and support allowance (ESA) appeal.

  • Interesting change: another cut in help with housing costs

    Issue 218 (October 2010)
    article

    David Simmons explains changes to the formula for calculating the standard interest rate used to determine help with housing costs.

  • Dealing with delays

    Issue 217 (August 2010)
    article

    Martin Williams considers the tactics available to advisers to combat delays in the administration of benefits and tax credits.

  • ESA: appeals and repeat claims

    Issue 216 (June 2010)
    article

    Edward Graham examines updates to the law and guidance.

  • Incapacity to ESA

    Issue 216 (June 2010)
    article

    Simon Osborne describes the rules providing for the transfer of incapacity benefits claimants onto employment and support allowance (ESA).

  • Work capability assessment: is it working?

    Issue 216 (June 2010)
    article

    Alison Gillies describes the main findings and recommendations of the recent Citizens Advice report on the WCA, and looks at the DWP proposals for reform.