Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
If this is your first visit, check out the community guide. You will have to Join us or Sign in before you can post.
Receiving too many notifications? Adjust your notification settings.


Can a couple both claim ESA?


  • BenefitsTrainingCoBenefitsTrainingCo Member Posts: 2,692 Pioneering
    Hi cazzie,

    Yes, definitely. A couple could claim two lots of contributory ESA if they have both worked in the past and paid enough national insurance. For income-related ESA, if you live with a partner you always have to claim it as a couple. You can decide which of you is the main claimant. Income-related ESA can be paid on top of contributory ESA, or it might be paid by itself.

    I'd be careful though, because if one of you is also a carer for the other, income support may be a better benefit to claim as your income-based benefit (the benefit you get due to a low income). And in some areas, you will have to claim Universal Credit as the income-based benefit, if you are making a new claim.

    Do get back to us if you want more advice.

    The Benefits Training Co:
    Paul Bradley
    Michael Chambers
    Will Hadwen
    Sarah Hayle
    Maria Solomon
    David Stickland
Sign in or join us to comment.