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ESA payments 2020: Is ESA going up? Will my ESA payments increase?

Employment and Support Allowance is a payment given to people who have limited capability to work due to an illness or disability, but who do not receive Statutory Sick Pay. Several benefits have seen a welcome boost with the arrival of the 2020/2021 financial year, but is ESA rising and could your ESA payments increase?

ESA payments are benefits available to people who cannot work because of sickness or disability.

Universal Credit is a payment to help with your living costs and is replacing the following benefits:

  • Child Tax Credit
  • Housing Benefit
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Working Tax Credit.

READ MORE: Universal Credit, PIP and ESA changes: What coronavirus measures mean

When the claim has been approved, you will get:

  • Up to £74.35 a week if you’re in the work-related activity group
  • Up to £113.55 a week if you’re in the support group.

This has increased from £73.10 and £111.65 a week respectively.

Both of these payment amounts rose by 1.7 percent in April as a four-year-long benefits freeze ended.

How can you claim ESA?

To claim ESA you should call Jobcentre Plus on 0800 055 6688 (textphone 0800 023 4888).

You will be questioned over the phone and given a form to complete.

You can also download the form here.

You will need a medical certificate from your GP and to provide the details of your GP.

Once you have made your application you will be invited to complete a medical assessment called a “work capability assessment” and fill in a “limited capacity for work” questionnaire which looks at your illness or disability and how it affects what you do.

You will then be told whether you’re entitled to ESA and if so, you will be placed in a work-related activity group or support group.


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