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Young People and benefits - Ill or disabled young people

If you are aged under 18 (or under 20 in some circumstances), there may be extra rules to meet to get benefits. If you cannot get benefits in your own right, someone else, such as a parent or guardian, may be able to claim amounts for you within the benefits they get.

Ill or disabled young people

Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

You cannot usually get Employment and Support Allowance if you are studying in relevant education or if you are a full-time student – see our Studying (aged 16+) section for more information.

You can qualify for Employment and Support Allowance though if you receive Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment.

Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment

From your 16th birthday you may be able to claim Personal Independence Payment.(PIP) for yourself (instead of a parent/guardian claiming for you) if you have care and/or mobility needs. It can be paid on top of any other benefits you receive.

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