Apply for New Style Employment and Support Allowance (New Style ESA)

Use this service if you need financial support because you’re off work with a health condition, injury or disability.

Check if you’re eligible

You might be eligible if you:

  • have paid or been credited with National Insurance in the last 2 or 3 tax years
  • do not get Statutory Sick Pay, or it’s due to end in the next 3 months
  • are under State Pension age

If you’re not sure how much National Insurance you’ve paid, you can check your National Insurance record online. You will need to set up or sign in to an online account to check.

What to expect

The online form is the first stage of your application.

You will be asked questions about:

  • your health
  • any paid work
  • any voluntary work
  • any statutory payments

You may need to send us medical evidence to support your claim. This might be a fit note (also known as a sick note) from your doctor.

There are instructions for this at the end of the application.

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