Employment Support Allowance - Claiming
How can I claim?
You can telephone Jobcentre Plus on 0800 055 6688 to start your claim. An adviser will ask you for the following information, and some other more detailed questions.
- Name, address and date of birth
- National insurance number
- Brief explanation of your illness or disability
- Name and address of your GP
- Details of other benefits you claim
- Details of any work you have done
You will need a ‘fit note’ from your GP to start your claim.
If you do not want to claim by phone, you can ask the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to send you a claim form. This is called an ‘ESA1’ form. Or you can get a copy online and take it to your nearest Jobcentre Plus office. You can download the form from here.
If you need help then a carer, friend or relative could call the DWP or fill in the form for you. You will need to be with them when they make the calls so you can give them permission to speak for you.
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