What to do if you're not awarded ESA
Challenge the decision
You can ask the DWP to rethink their decision. This is called mandatory reconsideration. You have to ask within one month of getting your decision letter.
Other benefits you could get
You may be able to claim Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) instead of ESA. You’ll need to meet the usual rules for people who claim JSA, for example you’ll need to be actively looking for work. If your condition or a disability means you can only work or look for work a limited number of hours each week, you can try and agree this with the Jobcentre.
You should tell the Jobcentre that you’re able and willing to look for work, otherwise you won’t get any JSA.
Claiming JSA during a mandatory reconsideration shouldn’t affect your ESA reconsideration request .
It's always a good idea to check you're claiming all the benefits you're entitled to. Find out what benefits and extra help you could get by using an online tool on the GOV.UK website at www.gov.uk.
Other help with living costs
- ask friends or family if they can help with essentials
- find out if there are any foodbanks in your area and what other help might be available locally