What is New Style Employment and Support Allowance (New Style ESA)?

What is New Style Employment and Support Allowance (New Style ESA)?

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New Style Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) is the name of a benefit that some people with a disability or health condition can get.

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The money is to help to pay for your living costs. 

Living costs include things like rent , food and bills.   

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You can also get help to get ready for work. 

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Some people get a benefit called income-related Employment and Support Allowance. 

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You cannot apply for income-related Employment and Support Allowance. 

New Style ESA leaflet

This Easy Read is about New Style ESA. 

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Who can get New Style ESA? 

You can get New Style ESA if you:

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  • live in the UK 
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  • have a disability or health problems that affect how much you can work.
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You must also have worked as an employee or have been self-employed and...  

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have paid enough National Insurance contributions or National Insurance credits in the last 2 to 3 years.

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If you do not know if you have paid enough National Insurance contributions or National Insurance credits, you can visit the government’s website to check your National Insurance record 

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If you get Universal Credit, you might also be able to get New Style ESA. 

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If you get Statutory Sick Pay (SSP), you can only apply for New Style ESA if your SSP is going to end in the next 3 months. 

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If you are working, you can claim New Style ESA if you work less than 16 hours a week and...

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you do not earn more than £167 a week. 

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How much is New Style ESA?

The amount of New Style ESA money you get depends on: 

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  • if you are waiting for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to decide if you will get New Style ESA 
  • your age 
  • if the DWP think that you will be able to work in the future 
  • how much money you get from a private pension 
  • the other benefits you get.