In the unfortunate event of an accident or an illness, many individuals living in the United Kingdom may find themselves without the ability to find work within the employment sector. Although there have been various means by which these individuals can receive benefits from such circumstances, the Employment and Support allowance (or ESA as it is commonly known) is a relatively new feature in the health care system. With the aid of this brief summary as well as speaking with a qualified representative through an ESA Contact Number, one can determine whether he or she may be applicable for this program.
ESA Contact Number - 0843 515 9427
Employment and Support Allowance is a new type of benefit structure that began to replace claims for Incapacity Benefit and Income Support beginning in October of 2008. This fundamental shift in benefit management came about because previously claiming with Incapacity Benefit or Income Support proved challenging and confusing to many applicants by calling the ESA Contact Number we can help you understand the support and benefit available..
ESA also allows those with milder disabilities or who are recovering from an illness to more easily be placed back into the workforce. Such individuals as those who have had an ongoing debilitating illness, those who suffer from a limiting for of permanent disability or those who may have had an acute injury which will take a considerable of time to heal are generally those who may wish to learn more about this service, again you can do this by calling the ESA Contact Number and speaking with one of our helpful support staff.
An applicant will first need to contact a representative via the ESA Contact Number. He or she will then need to answer some basic medical questions and it is common to have a medical assessment scheduled to determine the extent of a specific debilitating or physically limiting condition. This medical test will be weighed carefully against other factors such as the level of capability for work, the determination that the claimant is not receiving income support or Jobseeker’s allowance and are not entitled to any form of statutory sick pay. If these and other conditions are met, the claimant is given what it known as a work capability assessment.
There are some materials which the claimant will need to have readily available before presenting a new claim or calling the ESA Contact Number. Such information can include but is not limited to a medical certificate, a National Insurance number, the address and phone number of the claimant’s present general practitioner and bank account details. Further documentation may need to be furnished upon request.
Once approved from the initial medical assessment, an individual will receive benefits for a period of thirteen weeks, you can call the ESA Contact Number at any time to ask for an update on your case. This interim period is known as the assessment phase. It is during this time when it will be determined whether a claimant is sufficiently ill to qualify for further ESA benefits. These evaluations will take place face-to-face and will cover two main areas.
The first phase will directly determine whether a person is qualified to receive ESA benefits after the initial thirteen week period. The next phase will ascertain as to whether or not the person is also eligible to claim the support component. This additional support component will enable to claimant to receive more financial aid after the initial assessment period has expired.
The ESA contains many departments including benefits advisers, financial claims specialists to general enquiries. The best way to determine whether or not Employment and Support Allowance may be applicable is to contact their office directly via an ESA Contact Number. Office hours are Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm. There is also an additional line which accommodates Welsh speakers. Furthermore, a downloadable document is available directly through the ESA website which is known as the ESA1 form. This can be filled out and brought to any local Jobcentre Plus Office.
This claims process may take a bit of time and can be a bit confusing for some, so the best course of initial action is to utilise the ESA Contact Number to be placed in direct contact with a professional who can help determine what the next steps may be.