employment and Support Allowance

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The allowance payable to people under state retirement age who are unable to work because of illness or disability; it replaced incapacity benefit in 2008. Entitlement depends on either an adequate record of National Insurance contributions or satisfying income-related criteria. An assessment-phase allowance is paid during the first 13 weeks of a claim, and eligible claimants are paid the main-phase rate following a work capability assessment.

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