ESA Work-Related Activity Component

Part of the Applicable Amount in Legacy Benefits and council tax reduction awards. It was a supplementary component of ESA, intended to support those preparing to return to work. It was abolished for new claimants by the UK Government in April 2017. Whilst this is no longer added to the applicable amount in legacy benefits, in Wales a household’s eligibility for WRAG Premium is still included in the council tax reduction applicable amount calculation for applicants receiving legacy benefits. However, it is not included if the council tax reduction applicants are receiving Universal Credit. The result is that council tax reduction applicants receiving legacy benefits are treated more generously than those receiving Universal Credit.

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