Employment support allowance

Scleroderma can sometimes affect your ability to work. As a result Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) can be claimed. This is the benefit that has replaced incapacity benefit.

When applying for ESA you will have to complete a questionnaire and undertake a medical – the Work Capability Assessment (WCA). The purpose of the WCA is to find out how your illness or disability affects your ability to work.

This process should last up to 13 weeks in total. Following the assessment you will then be placed in to one of two groups:

  1. Support Group – for those judged to be unable to work or even attend interviews.
  2. Work-related activity group – for those judged not well enough to currently work, however the department for work and pensions believe they can move in to work if given enough support. This group have to attend a series of work-focussed interviews. Claimants in this group receive less money than those in the support group.

How much ESA you get depends on:

  • Your circumstances, e.g. income
  • The type of ESA you qualify for
  • Where you are in the assessment process

Find out more about the ESA and WCA

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