How to qualify for contributions based ESA? + ESA in youth/'youth rules'
Hello, just wondering if anyone can help - do you have to have worked to qualify for contributions based ESA? i.e. you cannot claim on the basis of contributions received via claiming benefits?
Secondly, i am curious if anyone can shed light on the 'Employment and Support Allowance in youth' which though now abolished, 'prior to April 2012 special rules allowed young people aged under 20 (or aged 20-25 in certain circumstances) to claim contributory ESA even though they had never worked or paid National Insurance' (and from what i'm aware could still continue to claim contributory ESA indefinitely if in the support group??)
I did claim for ESA when under the age of 20, (well my mum did on my behalf when i was 15-16 years old) but my claim did stop temporarily (but not due to working - I went to college to do A-levels). Then i reclaimed in September 2012 and placed in the support group. I'm wondering if a mistake was made when i claimed again and whether due to my previous claim (when receiving ESA in youth) that i should have qualified to receive contributions based ESA instead of income-based?
I'd appreciate any insight on this.