Employment and Support Allowance changes
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Employment and Support Allowance work-related activity group
New claimants of Employment and Support Allowance who are placed in the Work-Related Activity Group, will receive the same rate of benefit as those claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance. This is because the Work Related Activity component is being abolished. This does not affect people placed in the Support Group.
 

Employment and Support Allowance permitted work limit removed
From 3 April 2017, Employment and Support Allowance claimants who undertake permitted work and earn between £20 and £115.20 per week, will no longer have to give up their work or stop claiming Employment and Support Allowance after 52 weeks.

Employment and Support Allowance sanctions reduced
From 3 April 2017, Employment and Support Allowance claimants who are sanctioned will continue to receive 80% of their payments, instead of the current 60%. This change does not apply to Employment and Support Allowance claimants who continue to receive the work-related activity component after 3 April 2017; they will remain subject to the 60% rate.