If you fall sick when working in a company, you can still generate income till you recover by claiming Statutory Sick pay (SSP). But this option is not available for you when you are self-employed. You can claim Employment and Support Allowance till you recover from the illness. If you want to make a new claim you can get the esa contact number and speak to the professionals working in the customer support team.
ESA is a government program designed to provide financial support to disabled people and support them to go back to work. If you are eligible for the claim then you will be placed in any one of the below two groups.
First is Work-related group and the second is Support group. In the Work-related group, you need to attend the meeting and activities with an advisor where the activities enhance your skills to work again. When you are seriously ill, then you will be placed in Support group. You don’t want to attend any work-related activities in Support group but there will be a personal advisor available to support you.
You should take a medical assessment to find out whether you are eligible for the claim or not. Based on the assessment report you will be placed in a group and make your claim. The maximum period of claim duration is for thirteen weeks. The initial claim amount is higher when you are greater than twenty-five years old.
There are two divisions in ESA such as Contributory-based ESA and an income-related ESA. If you have paid National Insurance Contributions for a certain period then you come under Contributory-based ESA. When you are earning a low income you can also claim income-related ESA.
The First type Contribution-based ESA for Work-related activity group is for one year period. You can reapply for the benefit and maximum increases the claim validity for twelve weeks period from the date it stops. Whether your next application is successful or not based on your National Insurance contributions you have paid till now or if you are changed to Support group.
There is no such limitation in receiving the claim amount when you are placed in the Support group. Are you not claiming the contribution based ESA? Then you can claim income-related ESA and there are not such time limits and the amount of claim is based on your situation.
Your payments reduce automatically when you are not adhering to the rules of the ESA such as not attending the work-related activity, attending the interviews. If you do this permanently then the payments are stopped and you will get the decreased payment for four weeks of time till you correct your mistake.
ESA issue you a sanction letter when these incidents happen and you must inform your personal advisor about the reason for not attending the interviews and the missed meetings. Then you will get a second sanction letter which informs whether your claim amount is reduced or not. There are plenty of benefits in ESA, you must know it before making a claim.