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Eligibility for ESA due to Covid rules 2 months 1 week ago #248293

Hello,

I am trying to find out whether I qualify for Contributions Based ESA and how to apply. My current inability to work is entirely due to being in the very highest at-risk group for Covid-19 (I have a serious autoimmune disease) and the questions I see in online forms (such as “can you life a cup”) are not relevant to me at all.

More information: My husband and I share a self-employed business. He works one-to-one as a sports masseur and I manage his business, including welcoming clients, making bookings, etc. Neither of us can work at the moment because his work is not allowed with the lockdown, so I can’t work either. Even if the lockdown is lifted, he may not be able to work as I am required to shield from any risk of infection and we share both our house and workspace.

So really I have four questions:

Am I entitled to ESA?

Is my husband entitled to ESA because he cannot work because his work is not permitted at the moment?

Is my husband entitled to ESA when is work is permitted, because he cannot work because he lives with me and I am in the extremely vulnerable group?

Are there forms that we can fill in that are relevant to not being able to work because of Covid-19?

Thank you,

Susan

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Eligibility for ESA due to Covid rules 2 months 5 days ago #248398

You may be better off to apply for UC as a couple with additions for disability, if you ring them which i know is easier said that done they will be able to tell you which benefit to apply for.

ESA contributions rely on previous tax years

There is also the grant for self employed but your husband will have to earn a certain amount to be entitled
Turn 2 us website will calculate what you should get.

best wishes

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