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How to claim ESA

Employment and support allowance

If you are eligible to claim universal credit, to claim ESA you need to call the universal credit helpline (0800 328 9344; textphone 0800 328 1344).

Otherwise, you should phone the Jobcentre Plus claim-line:

0800 055 6688 (textphone 0800 023 4888)

0800 085 6318 (textphone 0800 328 3419) for Northern Ireland

The claim-line will put you through to a regional contact centre.

You can also get a claim form (ESA1) from your local Jobcentre Plus office or download it at www.gov.uk/employment-support-allowance/how-to-claim

You need to provide medical certificates from your doctor, known as ‘fit notes’, until you have been accepted as having a limited capability for work
If you are working but do not get statutory sick pay (or it is ending), you will also need to send in form SSP1 as well as a fit note. You can get this form from your employer.

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