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Employment and support allowance overview

This overview explains the basic rules, rates of payment and how to claim employment and support allowance (ESA) and links to related information on the work capability assessment.

You can get ESA if your ability to work is limited by ill health or disability.

ESA has two parts, contributory ESA and income-related ESA. You may receive either one of these, or both together, depending on your circumstances. Click on the links for each part to see how much you get.

Who can get ESA?

How to claim ESA

Going into hospital

What if you are already getting incapacity benefit or income support?

Where can I get more help or information?

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