When you are faced with a disability or a severe illness, the day to day can prove not only painfully difficult, but can also be full of the unknown. One excellent benefit that you can take advantage of however is the help and guidance of the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). While many people question whether or not they are eligible to receive benefits, all of the information you may be seeking can be found simply by logging on to the ESA website. In fact, getting started in finding more information on the ESA is quite simple; the easiest way to gather and obtain all of the information you are seeking can quickly be found on the ESA website.
To start, you may be eligible to receive ESA if your illness or disability affects your ability to work and you are under State Pension age, and are not currently receiving Statutory Sick Pay or Statutory Maternity Pay and you have not gone back to work. Additionally, you must not be receiving Jobseeker’s Allowance either. When you visit the ESA website, you can even take advantage of utilising their benefits calculator to ensure that you are in fact eligible to apply.
To add, you can apply for ESA if you are employed, self-employed, even currently unemployed. You can also apply if you are currently a student on Disability Living Allowance or are receiving a Personal Independence Payment. It is also important to note that you may even receive ESA if you have recently lived or worked abroad and were paid enough UK National Insurance (or the equivalent in an EEA or other country where the UK has an agreement). It should be noted as well that your (and your spouse’s’) income may affect your income-related or contribution-based ESA (employment support allowance).
When you initially file your claim, while you are in the process of having your claim assessed you will receive a letter or a message telling you where you will have to go in order to complete your Work Capability Assessment and will also explain what you will have to do to proceed. You will also be required to fill in a ‘Capability for work questionnaire’ at the time you are filling out your application. It should of course be noted that the questionnaire is different in Northern Ireland. It is vital to remember that your benefits may be terminated if you do not fill in the questionnaire or go for your required Work Capability Assessment.
If you have any questions or concerns it is important to be sure to reach out to the ESA at any time for further assistance and guidance. While of course the vast majority of information you are seeking is more than likely readily available on the ESA website, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the abundance of information, and knowing is better than going blindly into all of your potential options for assistance, it’s always best to simply ask and know for sure! And the helpful staff at ESA is more than willing to assist you in proceeding with the benefits you may significantly need!