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Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), Caxton House, Tothill Street, Westminster, London SW1H 9NA
If you’re ill or disabled, Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) offers you:
• financial support if you’re unable to work
• personalised help so that you can work if you’re able to
• You can apply for ESA if you’re employed, self-employed or unemployed.
You might be transferred to ESA if you’ve been claiming other benefits like Income Support or Incapacity Benefit.
You must have a Work Capability Assessment while your ESA claim is being assessed. This is to see to what extent your illness or disability affects your ability to work.
You’ll then be placed in one of 2 groups if you’re entitled to ESA:
• work-related activity group, where you’ll have regular interviews with an adviser
• support group, where you don’t have interviews
How much ESA you get depends on:
• your circumstances, eg income
• the type of ESA you qualify for
• where you are in the assessment process
16 years - 65 years
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