ESA payment Easter 2020: When does ESA get paid over Easter?
What is ESA?
Employment Support Allowance is for those who have a disability or health condition which affects their ability to work. You should be eligible to claim the new style ESA if you are all of the following:
- You have a limited capacity for work
- You are under State Pension age
- You have made enough National Insurance contributions
- You are not getting Statutory Sick Pay
- You are not working.
According to the government website, to get ‘new style’ ESA you need to have both:
- worked as an employee or been self-employed
- paid enough National Insurance contributions in the last 2 to 3 years – National Insurance credits also count
You cannot get ‘new style’ ESA if you:
- get the severe disability premium, or are entitled to it
- got or were entitled to the severe disability premium in the last month, and you’re still eligible for it
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When you first claim, you’ll usually get:
- £74.35 each week if you’re aged 25 or over
- £58.90 each week if you’re aged under 25
Roughly three months after you have put in your claim, the Department for Work and Pensions will assess you.
Depending on how much your condition affects you, they’ll put you in either the ‘work-related activity group’ or the ‘support group’, and the amounts you can get will change.
If you’re in the work-related activity group you’ll get £74.35 each week.
If you’re in the support group you’ll get £113.55 each week.
You can also get Universal Credit if you receive ESA, which can help with, for example, your housing and childcare costs.
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Universal Credit is a payment to help with your living costs and is replacing the following benefits:
- Child Tax Credit
- Housing Benefit
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Working Tax Credit
When will ESA payments be made?
This year, tax credits payments are due on Good Friday and Easter Monday.
Because of this, you may be paid early, on Thursday, April 9 instead.
The Government website reads: “If it’s a bank holiday anywhere in the UK your payment may be early.”
Usually, tax credit payments are made every two weeks.
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