ESA & Universal Credit – A Guide to Applications


This authoritative guide takes you through the process of applying for Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit. It features tips relevant to people with ME/CFS and is a must-read if you are considering an application.

Employment and Support Allowance is the main out of work benefit for people with ME/CFS. To some extent it has been absorbed into Universal Credit, and this guide from Ann Innes (Welfare Adviser to the ME Association) will explain all you need to know in order to make an application. The authoritative guide features many tips relevant to someone with M.E. that should be considered when completing the application forms.

For example, think about the questions in the context of a work setting – working 16 hours or more a week. Remember, the DWP are assessing your ability to carry out any type of work, not just your previous job. In such a context, you would be expected to carry out each descriptor regularly, reliably, repeatedly and safely, within a reasonable timescale, without significant discomfort and to an acceptable standard.

Telephone Helpline

The ME Association telephone helpline – ME Connect – is available every day of the year, during the hours of 10am-12noon, 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm. Please phone: 0344 576 5326 if you have any questions or would simply like to talk to someone who is there to listen.

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