- Contributory ESA is paid to people who have worked in the past and have paid sufficient National Insurance contributions, (click here for details) or to those who had been on Incapacity Benefit and who were successful in being transferred to Employment and Support Allowance.
- Contributory ESA is only paid for one person, the claimant who has paid his/her National Insurance contributions, so it is paid at the single person's rate. (Remember: depending on their circumstances, the claimant may also qualify for some Income-Related ESA or Universal Credit on top of their Contributory ESA).
- Some people may have to wait 7 days before their claim starts, other's will have transitional protection.
- For those in the Work-Related Activity Group entitlement is limited to 365 days.
- And changes from April 2017 will mean that some new claimants will get less than those whose claim before that date.
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