You can apply for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) if you’re under State Pension age and you have a disability or health condition that affects your ability to work.
ESA gives you money to help with living costs if you’re unable to work.
Most new claims are for ‘New Style’ ESA, as income related ESA is now part of Universal Credit.
To get ‘New Style’ ESA you need to have both:
- worked as an employee or been self-employed
- paid enough National Insurance contributions in the last 2 to 3 years
You could get Universal Credit at the same time or instead of ‘new style’ ESA. Universal Credit can help with, for example, your housing and childcare costs.
How to claim
Fill in a NSESAF1 claim form to apply for ‘New Style’ ESA.
You can either:
- download and print the NSESAF1 form
- call the UC helpline to get one through the post or by email
If you cannot download the form or use the phone, you can get a claim form from your local Jobcentre Plus.