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 decisions and appeals

    Issue 207 (December 2008)
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    Simon Osborne outlines the rules regarding decision-making and challenges in employment and support allowance (ESA).

  • ESA and students

    Issue 206 (October 2008)
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    Angela Toal describes the main employment and support allowance (ESA) rules for students, pointing out where they are more restrictive than at present.

  • Calculating ESA

    Issue 205 (August 2008)
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    The amount of employment and support allowance (ESA) a claimant is entitled to depends upon a number of factors, including whether the claimant is: single or part of a couple; in receipt of certain benefits; entitled to income-related and/or contributory ESA; and/or still in the initial assessment phase. Edward Graham explains how much ESA a claimant may be entitled to.

  • The work capability assessment

    Issue 204 (June 2008)
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    Simon Osborne describes the new test for Employment and Support Allowance of whether someone is too ill to work.

  • Employment and support allowance – a forthcoming attraction?

    Issue 193 (August 2006)
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    The Welfare Reform Bill was published on 4 July 2006. Amongst its foremost provisions are the basic rules concerning the employment and support allowance, which is expected to replace incapacity benefit and income support for incapacity from 2008. Drawing on the Bill and its predecessor, the Green Paper, Simon Osborne describes the main provisions and identifies some of the issues arising.