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Income-related ESA

Employment and support allowance

Income-related employment and support allowance (ESA) is a means-tested benefit. Your needs (and those of your partner, if you have one) are compared with the money you have, such as your income and savings. Income-related ESA is worked out from this. It can be paid on its own (if you are not entitled to contributory ESA) or as a top-up to contributory ESA (if you are).

Unlike contributory ESA, income-related ESA is not time limited.

You cannot get income-related ESA if your (and your partner’s) capital or savings are over £16,000.

Universal credit will replace income-related ESA over the next few years. For more abiut this, see our information on universal credit

How much is income-related employment and support allowance?

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