Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

If you’re ill or disabled, you can claim Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)  to offer you financial support if you are unable to work or personalised support if you are able to. 

You are able to apply for ESA if you are employed, self-employed or unemployed.

It could be that you might be transferred to ESA if you have already been claiming other benefits like Income Support or Incapacity Benefit.

What you will receive in benefits varies, depending on your circumstances and the type of ESA you qualify for.
As part of this process you will need to complete what is known as an ESA50 application form which can be obtained from the DWP website.

After 13 weeks on ESA you are then put into one of two groups, either the:

  1. Work Related Activity Group (WRAG) – where you have to go to regular interviews with an Adviser, who will help you with improving your skills, resolving work related issues and helping you to discover your goals.

    If you do not attend these interviews your benefit can be reduced (sanctioned) for up to four weeks.  So it is always important to keep your adviser informed of any missed appointments.

  2. Support Group – you do not have to attend interviews in this group but you do have the right to talk with an adviser.  It is determined that your illness or disability severely limits what you are able to do.

The stumbling block for many is good preparation for the assessment interview and proper completion of the application form (ESA50).  This is where 4UP comes in, we can offer support and guidance to help you fill your form in completely so that you do not have unanswered questions on it.  It also helps the organisation doing the assessments in your form is properly completed and all the supporting evidence is put in place.

Also at the assessment it can be considered that you are fit for work after all.  If you disagree with this decision and need to go to an appeal 4UP can help with the appeals process.  We do not do your appeals for you, rather we guide and empower you to do your own appeals.