Form ESA1, Employment and Support Allowance, is a document that individuals can use to apply for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). It is a specific type of allowance that provides eligible individuals with financial support and personalized help.
An individual can use the form to apply for the ESA if they have a disability, illness, or heart condition, they are unemployed or self-employed, or if they are employed but unable to receive Statutory Sick Pay, or their Statutory Sick Pay has ended. Form ESA1 was issued by the United Kingdom Department for Work and Pensions and was last revised on August 1, 2020. A fillable ESA Claim Form is available for download through the link below.
Before filling out Form ESA1, the individual should look through the guidelines that are attached to the form. They provide detailed explanations on who can use this form, how to fill it in, and which types of ESA the individual can apply for. The form requires the individual to present a wide variety of information, that can be vaguely divided into several parts. These parts can include:
There are other parts in Form ESA1 - including those pertaining to statutory payments, pensions, education, special rules, etc. - which must only be completed if they pertain to the individual's situation.
Generally, the Department for Work and Pensions sends eligible individuals packages, where individuals can find a claim for the ESA that they are supposed to fill in, and an envelope they can use to send the claim and attached documents back after they have completed it. The form must be sent back to the Department for Work and Pensions within one month after the individual has received it.
Nevertheless, the quickest and easiest way to apply for the ESA is by phone. Individuals are offered an opportunity to call the Department for Work and Pensions telephone number that they can find on the first page of the form and provide their information to the Department for Work and Pensions staff member.