How much will I receive through ESA?

Given the restriction measures currently in place due to coronavirus, some rules around claiming and assessments for benefits have been changed or relaxed in the short term. Please check our Coronavirus (Covid-19): Welfare and benefits section to ensure you are getting the most up to date information or call the RNIB Helpline on 0303 123 9999, from 8am to 8pm weekdays or 9am to 1pm Saturdays.

Contributory or new style ESA

The basic ESA allowance is £74.35 a week. During the “main phase”, as in after the assessment phase, you may get an additional component.

People who claimed ESA before 3 April 2017 and are in the WRAG get the “work-related activity component” now worth an extra £29.55 a week. If you claimed ESA on or after 3 April 2017, and were placed into the WRAG, you cannot get this component. However, if you are placed into the support group you will get the support component, regardless of when you made your claim. This is worth £39.20 per week.

Income related ESA

If you are 25 or over, the basic rate is £74.35 a week for a single person and £116.80 for a couple during the assessment phase. After the assessment phase you will also receive an extra:

  • £29.55 if the DWP place you in the WRAG and you made your claim before 3 April 2017, plus any relevant premiums
  • or £39.20 if the DWP place you in the support group, plus any relevant premiums
  • If you are under 25, you will receive a basic rate of £58.90 a week during the assessment phase. Once you enter the main phase you will receive the full rate of ESA of £74.35 per week, plus any component and/or premiums applicable to you.

How much you'll actually receive depends on your own circumstances.

Did this answer your question?

Related questions

Brought to you by