Has anyone claimed for ESA (Employment and Support Allowance) or are you eligible to claim?
You have to be under state pension age and unable to claim statutory sick pay or job seekers allowance.
You can apply for ESA if you cannot work while you are self isolating or shielding because of Covid 19.
- you or your child might have coronavirus or you’re recovering from it
- you or your child are self-isolating because you came into contact with someone who might have coronavirus
- you’ve been advised by your doctor or healthcare professional to self-isolate before going into hospital for surgery
- you’ve been advised to shield because you’re at a very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus
My letter that I received from the government when we went into Tier 4 said that I was classed as clinically extremely vulnerable and to shield.
You can apply whether you’re in or out of work.
See the gov.uk website or search ESA.
It would be interesting to hear other peoples thoughts and experiences of eligibility and outcomes.