Employment & Support Allowance

Employment & Support Allowance is a benefit paid to people who are unable to work because of illness or disability. In order to qualify for Employment & Support Allowance (contributory) you must have paid enough national insurance contributions in the relevant tax years. If you do not have sufficient national insurance contributions you may qualify for Employment & Support Allowance (income-related) however, entitlement will depend on household income such as earnings, occupational and personal pensions, savings and capital. An individual should claim if they are unable to get Statutory Sick Pay e.g. if they are not employed or are self employed or their entitlement to Statutory Sick Pay has ended.