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esa can I claim it

Hi there I am 60 next week and I have been out off work for three years due to my mental health I could never work again I also have rheumatoid arthritis in both knees I have to walk with a walker I have never been able to get esa I only started to get 6 months ago pip could you help me to get esa


  • EurekaGuy
    EurekaGuy Member Posts: 10 Listener
    Yes you can. I would suggest speaking to your Doctor and/or contact Citizen Advice Team They will fill in your form for you and be able to advise you on what to should get and rates that apply to your disabilities 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 23,677 Disability Gamechanger

    To be able to claim Contributions based ESA then you need to have paid enough NI contributions in the last 2 tax years. As you haven't worked then you won't be entitled to this.

    For Income Related ESA because it's a means tested benefit then it will depend on your circumstances and more information is needed. Do you live with a partner that works and do you have any other household income? PIP isn't means counted so that doesn't count.


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