Benefits advice - Incapable of work

Most people who cannot work due to illness or disability get Statutory Sick Pay or Employment and Support Allowance.

In order to qualify for these benefits you must first establish that you are ‘incapable of work’. This requires medical certificates from a doctor.

Statutory Sick Pay

If you work and are sick for four or more days in a row, you may qualify for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) from your employer

Find out more about Statutory Sick Pay


Employment and Support Allowance

If you are incapable of work and cannot get Statutory Sick Pay from your employer, or you are self-employed or unemployed you may be able to get Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).

Find out more about Employment and Support Allowance


What other benefits can I get?

As well as Statutory Sick Pay or Employment and Support Allowance, there may be other benefits that can help you.

If you are working age and you do not live in supported accommodation you may be able to apply for Universal Credit.

The Council Tax Reduction Scheme could help you to pay your council tax costs if you are on a low income.


Please note: The benefit cap may limit the total amount of weekly benefits that can be paid to you. If the cap applies to you, your Housing Benefit will be reduced to ensure that the total level of benefit you receive is not more than the cap level. The cap applies to people of working age only.

Find out more about the Benefit Cap


Contact us:

Welfare Rights and Money Advice
Southampton City Council
Civic Centre
Southampton
SO14 7LR

Telephone: 023 8083 2339
Email: welfarerights.advice@southampton.gov.uk