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Employment and Support Allowance - eligibility
« on: February 10, 2012, 10:39:37 AM »
http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/MoneyTaxAndBenefits/BenefitsTaxCreditsAndOtherSupport/Illorinjured/DG_171891

Who can get Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

You may be able to claim ESA if any of the following apply to you:

  -  your Statutory Sick Pay has ended, or you cannot get it
  -  you are self employed or unemployed
  -  you have been getting Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) and have not gone back to work for your employer because you 
     have an illness or disability which affects your ability to work     
  -  you are under State Pension age

You must also either:

  -  have had an illness or disability which affects your ability to work for at least four days in a row (including weekends and 
     public holidays)
  -  be unable to work for two or more days out of seven consecutive days
  -  be getting special medical treatment

If you are aged between 16 and 20 (or under 25 if you were in education or training at least three months immediately before turning 20), you must:

  - have been too ill to work because of an illness or disability for at least 28 weeks (this limitation only applies to
    contribution-based ESA, but you may still be eligible for income-based ESA)
 
 -  have been too ill to work before you turned 20 (or 25 if you were in education or training at least three months immediately
    before turning 20) (this is going to be changed in April 2012 -SM)


Entitlement conditions

There are two types of ESA:

    contribution-based
    income-related

Contribution-based ESA

You may be entitled to claim contribution-based ESA if you have paid enough National Insurance contributions. (this is due to be time limited to a year in April 2012- SM)

Income-based ESA

You may be entitled to claim income-based ESA if you do not have enough money coming in, or you have not paid enough National Insurance contributions, and you satisfy the entitlement conditions.

This means that you have savings of less than 16,000 and, if you have a partner or civil partner, they work for less than 24 hours a week on average.






(edited for formatting - KK)
« Last Edit: September 05, 2012, 01:52:13 PM by SunshineMeadows »