Before the introduction of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) on 27 October 2008 you could get Income Support if you were sick/disabled and unable to work. Some existing claimants remain on Income Support on this basis but will be transferred over to ESA eventually.
If you are on Income Support because of sickness or disability, you will be reassessed under the Work Capability Assessment. If you are found to have a limited capability for work you will be moved (migrated) onto ESA.
You can still claim Income Support if you are sick or disabled if one of the categories below applies to you:
*These two categories only apply if you were already entitled to Income Support on that basis on 24 January 2010.
If you are eligible to claim Income Support and have a disability, when calculating your entitlement disability premium(s) will be included in your Applicable Amount (the amount the law says that you need to live on).
The rules are very complex so you should seek specialist advice.