Income-related ESA

Income-related Employment and Support Allowance is the means-tested component of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). It may be paid if your condition limits your ability to work.

Income-related ESA is calculated by comparing your income with a set of allowances based on your circumstances (and your partner’s, if you have one).

Income-related ESA can be paid on its own, if you are not entitled to contributory ESA, or as a top-up to contributory ESA if you are.

For more information, including details of how it's calculated and how to claim, read our information on Employment and Support Allowance.