Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
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How long can anyone claim ESA for ?


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  • Chris_AlumniChris_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 695 Pioneering
    Hi Linny, this depends on what type of ESA you are on. the Benefits and work website (http://www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/employment-and-support-allowance/esa-glossary) says the following:

    Income related ESA will be paid as long as you continue to have a limited capability for work and all other income or capital coming into your household is below the limits set.

    Contribution based ESA can be paid for up to 365 days as long as you are accepted as being incapable of work and are placed in the work-related activity group after the assessment period, which should be the first 13 weeks of your claim. If you are placed in the support group there will be no time limit on how long you can receive contribution based ESA.
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