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Trying to understand if I claim for the OLD style ESA or NEW style ESA

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PamelaAnnKelly1
PamelaAnnKelly1 Community member Posts: 1 Listener
Hello 
I am trying to understand if I claim for the OLD style ESA or NEW style ESA , I seem to be directed to new style 

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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,151 Disability Gamechanger
    edited January 2023
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    The only ESA that's possible to claim now is New Style ESA. To be entitled to the payments for this you'll need to have paid the correct amount of NI contributions in tax years 2020/21 and 2021/22. You'll also need a fit note from your GP. It can't be paid at the same time as SSP.

    You can also check entitlement to Universal Credit. It's means tested so if you live with a partner you claim as a couple and your joint circumstances will be taken into consideration. If you have savings/capital of more than £16,000 you're excluded from claiming. Use a benefits calculator to check entitlement. https://www.entitledto.co.uk/benefits-calculator/Intro/Home?cid=73041c93-539e-4ce5-b117-532d3337d6ce

    If you claim both of those together the ESA will be deducted in full from any UC entitlement.



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