Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
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Is ESA time limited?

debadamsdebadams Member Posts: 1 Listener
I'm claiming ESA for osteoarthritis in both knees I also have IBS, type 2 diabetes, hihitus hernia, arthritis in hands and feet/toes I believe ESA is only for  a year iv filled in a form for disabilitie allowance but don't think I will get that is there anything else I can claim for my husband works full time .


  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    HI and welcome,

    New style ESA is paid for 365 days unless you're placed into the Support Group and then it's paid for as long as you're in that group because there's no time limits in this group. Being placed into this group will depend on how your conditions affect your ability to do any type of work and this is what they will assess you for because it's about the work you can do and not the work you can't do.

    Evidence will be needed to support your claim and a face to face assessment is most likely because most people have them.

    PIP is not about a diagnosis, it's how those conditions affect your ability to carry out daily activity based on the PIP descriptors. Evidence will be needed to support your claim and again a face to face assessment is most likely because most people have them.

    The only other benefit is Universal Credit. This is a means tested benefit and claiming it will depend on your circumstances. As it's means tested you will need to claim as a couple with your husband. Your ESA will be deducted £1 for £1 from any entitlement.

    Claiming this also depends on savings/capital and income from pensions.

    The only other benefit is council tax reduction, which can be claimed from your local council. It's also a means tested benefit. All council have their own criteria for claiming this so you'll need to contact them.

    Hope this helps.

    Community champion and 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.
  • janer1967janer1967 Community champion Posts: 7,450 Disability Gamechanger
    Hello and welcome to the community, nice to have new members. Im glad you have been given advice about your query and hope this helps. 
  • AilsAils Community champion Posts: 2,268 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @debadams and welcome to the Community.  I don't have anything to add, just wanted to welcome you.  It is nice to meet you.  If there is anything else you need help/support with then please just ask.  All the best.  :smile:
    Winner of the Scope New Volunteer Award 2019.   :)
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