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

Is there such a thing as contributions based ESA? 1 month 4 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?

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Is there such a thing as contributions based ESA? 1 month 4 weeks ago #194422

Kate

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

See

www.gov.uk/employment-support-allowance

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.

www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/help-for-claimants/esa1

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

Gordon

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