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Apply for Employment and Support Allowance

Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) provides financial help to people who are unable to work because of illness or disability - claim by phone or complete an application form.

How to use this service

Apply by telephone or textphone

The easiest and quickest way to apply for ESA is by telephone or textphone. An adviser will go through the application with you and fill in the form. You will not have to fill in any forms yourself.

  • telephone 0800 085 6318
  • textphone 0800 328 3419

Lines are open Monday to Friday, from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm except Thursday when they are open from 10.00am to 5.00pm.

Complete an application form

Download the application form from the link below. There are guidance notes which you need to read before filling in the claim form.

You will need to print this form and post it to Employment and Support Allowance.

Employment and Support Allowance
James House
2 - 4 Cromac Avenue

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