ESA ...have been refused, can I reapply in January?

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Hi all, I applied for ESA and was refused because I did not make national insurance payments for most of 2013-2014. Unfortunately I was so ill during that time that I didn't even bother applying for JSA. Since then I have been working as a teacher from Feb 2014 but had to leave April 2016 due to ill health. Have been awarded PIP but denied ESA... does anyone know if I can wait till January and reapply?.

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  • Posted

    I don't know for sure, but if you had a period in work, I'm surprised they won't award it. They will at least pay your Ni contribution until you're well enough to return to work. The only thing I can think of is they don't think you're ill enough to warrant ESA?

    I was put in the support group for ESA, but don't get paid due to my lack of Ni contribution S while in extended maternity leave. I asked when I can reapply and they told me I'd have to go back to work before it could be reassessed as my situation wouldn't have changed (i.e. I still wouldn't have paid any contributions).

    It's crap I'm entitled to ESA support group, but get NO money ??

    Sorry i haven't got a good answer for you x

    • Posted

      I have at last spoken to DWP and they have told me that it is definitely due to lack of NI contributions in 2013/14. I did not want to go down the route of them paying my NI contributions so asked if they could quash the claim and I will reclaim in January, they agreed.


    • Posted

      I don't understand, what will be different in January?

    • Posted

      Tax year runs April to April, benefits year runs January to January.
    • Posted

      Oh ok, thanks. I see now it's because you've done some work too x

    • Posted

      Oh,  In 2013 I took a year out from teaching  to help my partner set up a business. I returned to teaching March 2014.

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