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Employment Support for Youths
NOTE: No longer available from 6th May 2012 due to Tory cuts
People who have been incapable of work for over 28 weeks before age 20, or age 25 if they have continually been in education since before age 20.
If they do not already have Severe Disablement Allowance or Incapacity Benefit could get Contribution Based Employment Support Allowance without needing to satisfy the National Insurance Contribution Conditions.
You must be at least 16 when you claim. If you are aged 16, 17, or 18 you will usually not be entitled if you are still at school or college for over 21 hours weekly. Any education that is not suitable for someone (without any disabilities) of the same age as your self should not count towards this 21 hour limit.
Your parent will have to give up Child Benefit and any Tax Credits paid for you if you are paid.
This 28 week qualifying period can be before age 16, ask your doctor for a back dated sick line.