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TOPIC: How soon can I apply for ESA?

How soon can I apply for ESA? 9 years 5 months ago #20938

Hello I am a new member. My first attempt at writing an enquiry I think went into a black hole (my fault) .... hopefully I will get it right this time.

I am on SSP which is shortly to run out, and therefore have to apply for ESA. I am wondering how soon can I apply for this? ie I would rather apply in advance once I have the exact date from my employer of the date that SSP runs out as I know from bitter experience that it can take weeks for the benefit to come through (currently 6 weeks or is that optimistic?)

I think I may have read somewhere else that you can apply up to 4 weeks in advance if you have the date?

The other complication is that it is likely that I will soon get ill health dismissal, and if I do get this then they will pay me about 4 weeks pay. Will this money really muck up the ESA situation big time?

Of course I know that they will have to deduct it off anything that they pay me (at least I am assuming this to be so), but will it affect the whole procedure at all other than this ... I have no faith in the system and fear that I might have to restart the application if this happens?

Thank you in advance for your replies. :)

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Re:How soon can I apply for ESA? 9 years 5 months ago #20939

mermaid wrote:

Hello I am a new member. My first attempt at writing an enquiry I think went into a black hole (my fault) .... hopefully I will get it right this time.

I am on SSP which is shortly to run out, and therefore have to apply for ESA. I am wondering how soon can I apply for this? ie I would rather apply in advance once I have the exact date from my employer of the date that SSP runs out as I know from bitter experience that it can take weeks for the benefit to come through (currently 6 weeks or is that optimistic?)

I think I may have read somewhere else that you can apply up to 4 weeks in advance if you have the date?

The other complication is that it is likely that I will soon get ill health dismissal, and if I do get this then they will pay me about 4 weeks pay. Will this money really muck up the ESA situation big time?

Of course I know that they will have to deduct it off anything that they pay me (at least I am assuming this to be so), but will it affect the whole procedure at all other than this ... I have no faith in the system and fear that I might have to restart the application if this happens?

Thank you in advance for your replies. :)


You can claim ESA for up to three months in advance. Normally your employer is required to complete form SSP1 to support your ESA claim.

If you have paid sufficient NI contributions, you will receive contribution-based ESA and therefore any final payment received from your employer, should not prevent you from receiving the full rate of ESA appropriate to your circumstances, which usually will be at the assessment rate.

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Re:How soon can I apply for ESA? 9 years 5 months ago #20945

Thank you very much for that helpful info. I have got onto it straight away and my employer is sending it to me. I am trying to plan this like a military campaign as I feel that is the way it has to be approached!

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