Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
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new style ESA application

Hi all,
I have applied for new style contribution based ESA and was wondering how long the process takes?
I went to the JC 2 weeks ago and handed in the form and ID and had the initial interview but have heard nothing back yet. How long is realistic to wait before contacting them to find out what is going on? I have another Fit Note to hand in next week.


  • wilkowilko Member Posts: 2,353 Disability Gamechanger
    Hello and welcome, you can always phone DWP for any information and updates on your claim is progressing.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger

    Usually about 3-4 weeks but you lose the first 7 days of your claim. Hopefully you've claimed the correct benefit because i've lost count of the amount of people that claim Universal credit instead of New Style Contributions based ESA.
    Proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice I have given to members here on the community.
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