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Income Support rules for people who are sick or disabled

Income Support for the sick and disabled

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.

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 If you are found to have a limited capability for work you would be moved onto ESA but this has since been replaced by Universal Credit.