Our factsheet goes into much more detail about the rates, elements, phases, assessment and groups for ESA: You will need to get a medical certificate (called a fit note) from your GP at the start of your claim.

After 13 weeks Jobcentre Plus will do their own medical test and you will no longer need fit notes.

I have a client who was sectioned in August 2012 and discharged in August 2013.

He claimed ESA when he was discharged and was given a 3 month backdate to April 2013.

You have four weeks to complete and return the ESA50.

When DWP Medical Services receive your ESA50 they will decide whether you need to attend a face-to-face medical examination.

If you or someone you know has a sight problem, our specialist advice workers can help.

This should be quick and easy, but I thought I would ask anyway!Jobcentre Plus will transfer existing Incapacity Benefit and Income Support claimants over to ESA by 2014.ESA is a single benefit that you can break down into sets of twos.If a formula doesn’t work for you, please contact us and we will do our best to rectify this and assist you. ESA replaced Incapacity Benefit and Income Support (paid on the basis of incapacity for work) for new claimants on 27 October 2008.Secondly, a main phase when you receive the full rate of ESA - depending on which group you are put into.