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Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

What is it?

A benefit that’s paid if you are unable to work because of sickness or disability.

Who gets it?

If you can’t work because of a pregnancy-related illness and you can’t claim Statutory Sick Pay. Employment and Support Allowance can be paid until the 11th week before your baby’s due date (the 29th week of your pregnancy).

After the 29th week, you may be able to claim Income Support if you don’t qualify for Statutory Maternity Pay or Maternity Allowance.

Find out more about Employment and Support Allowance on the GOV. UK website

Last Updated 29/07/2022

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