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TOPIC: Is there such a thing as contributions based ESA?

Is there such a thing as contributions based ESA? 10 months 3 weeks ago #194409

Hello all, Sunday is officially my last day of work for my employer after 12 years in the job. I have been medically retired and will receive my full local government employee pension as I met the criteria for tier 1 pension.
I know if the old days that I could have claimed Incaps on the basis that I've been paying NI for a significant period of time prior to claiming.

But with ESA being so different I'm totally confused.
Today I received a medical certificate from our HR department that said I was no longer in receipt of SSP and it said to this would be for 'claiming any benefits'

I am not fit to work and because my pension is ok to live on frugally, obviously I wouldn't claim JSA.
I have a husband whose wages preclude us from claiming anything means tested.
I receive (or will when I get the first payment in 3 weeks) PIP enhanced rate for both for an ongoing period if that helps at all?

Is there such a thing as contributions based ESA? 10 months 3 weeks ago #194422


Although ESA is a single benefit it there are two routes to eligibility one of which is based on your National Insurance Contributions,



for details of how to make a claim.

Our ESA Claim guides can help you complete the ESA50 form that will be issued once your claim is accepted.


If you have any questions then please reply to this post and we will do our best to help.

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