employment and support allowance

  • Benefit choices when a disabled young person lives at home and is still in education


    This factsheet is a flowchart providing basic information about when young people aged 16 to 19 with a disability or health problem can claim employment and support allowance; and when their parent(s) can continue to receive benefit for them.

    This factsheet is relevant UK-wide but some of the terms used are specific to Scotland.

  • ESA arrears: why claimants may lose out

    Issue 263 (April 2018)

    Simon Osborne describes how it is that around 70,000 people have been underpaid employment and support allowance (ESA) and how the government is refusing to pay some of them full arrears.

  • ESA/UC: appeals and previous medical reports

    Issue 261 (December 2017)

    Simon Osborne reviews recent caselaw and guidance concerning when a tribunal considering an appeal about the work capability assessment should call for the previous medical report.

  • Universal credit, ESA and the work capability assessment

    training course

    This essential one-day course gives you an introduction to the work capability assessment that applies to employment and support allowance (ESA) and universal credit (UC). Assuming little or no experience of these benefits, the course gives you an understanding of the main rules for people whose health or disability limits their ability to work. It also helps you deal with common problems.


    The course covers:

    • Who can get ESA

    • The work capability assessment

    • UC and limited capability for work

    Read more
  • Employment and support allowance and studying


    This factsheet provides information about employment and support allowance, a benefit for people who have health problems or disabilities that are a barrier to work, as it applies to students.

  • Refusal to accept late mandatory reconsideration requests

    Last updated: September 25, 2017
    test case

    Update - 25 September 2017 - on 4 August 2017 a three-judge panel of the Upper Tribunal decided that, where a claimant makes a mandatory reconsideration request at any time within 13 months of the original decision, s/he will, if dissatisfied, subsequently be entitled to appeal to a First-tier Tribunal.

  • From ESA to UC

    Issue 259 (August 2017)

    Simon Osborne looks at the rules regarding claimants ‘migrating’ from employment and support allowance (ESA) to universal credit (UC).

  • ESA and WCA – recent and forthcoming changes

    Issue 258 (June 2017)

    Simon Osborne reviews changes regarding employment and support allowance (ESA) and the work capability assessment (WCA).

  • ESA – limited capability to claim?

    Issue 258 (June 2017)

    Employment support allowance (ESA) stops in certain situations, including where the claimant does not have limited capability for work (LCW) or is treated as not having LCW following failure to attend a medical examination without a good reason. Martin Williams takes a closer look.

  • ESA and UC: components axed

    Issue 257 (April 2017)

    The employment and support allowance (ESA) component for work-related activity and the universal credit (UC) element for limited capability for work have been abolished from 3 April 2017. Simon Osborne describes the rules, including who can still be entitled.