Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
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ESA Eligibility

Kieran20Kieran20 Member Posts: 2 Listener
Hi, I’m currently in full time education and turning 19 in April. A significant portion of my household income has being lost due to the sudden ending of adoption allowance. 

Is there any benefits I can claim in my own right, without it effecting child tax credit or child benefit? If it helps, I’m in receipt of PIP - so the disability premium would likely apply.


  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 19,440 Disability Gamechanger
    HI and welcome,

    New claims for income related ESA are no longer possible unless you're claiming a severe disability premium in another benefit like housing benefit.

    May i also ask if you have dependent children? is this the reason why you're claiming child benefit and tax credits? or are these claimed by your parents?
    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Administrator Posts: 9,568 Scope community team
    Hi @Kieran20, how are things at the moment? :)
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