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Hardship Payments - How do I claim Employment and Support Allowance hardship payments?

Hardship payments are reduced-rate payments of Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA), Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and Universal Credit (UC) that are made in limited circumstances, including if you have been sanctioned.

How do I claim Employment and Support Allowance hardship payments?

You should ask in the Jobcentre Plus office for form JSA/ESA10JP 'Employment and Support Allowance hardship application form' and fully explain your grounds for applying for a hardship payment.

If you are only getting contributory ESA, you will also need to complete form ESA3 to establish your entitlement to  income - related ESA.

For further related information on making a claim see the section within this guide  ‘How do I claim a Jobseeker's Allowance hardship payment?'

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