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Hardship Payments - How much can I get from 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 much can I get from Employment and Support Allowance hardship payments?

Usually the weekly amount of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) Hardship Payment provided is 60 per cent of the standard ESA main-phase allowance rounded to the nearest five pence. This is currently 60 per cent of £77.00 = £46.20 per week.

If you qualify for a Hardship Payment, you will get the payment in addition to any other amounts of ESA that you can be paid despite the sanction. For example, a component that you may be getting as well as premiums and housing costs that maybe relevant to your circumstances. 

If you have received an ESA sanction, you should always seek advice before and after making a Hardship Payment claim to ensure that you are receiving the correct rates of payment that you are entitled to.

You do not have to pay back an ESA Hardship Payment. However, this may change in the future so always check with your Jobcentre Plus office before submitting a claim.

Updated: April 2022

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