Telling us straightaway avoids any overpayment of benefit which you may be asked to repay.
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While these two programs are different in many ways, both are administered by the Social Security Administration and only individuals who have a disability and meet medical criteria may qualify for benefits under either program.
Social Security Disability Insurance pays benefits to you and certain members of your family if you are "insured," meaning that you worked long enough and paid Social Security taxes.
If you receive housing benefit and/or council tax reduction, it is important that you tell us immediately if there is a change in your circumstances because it might affect how much benefit you are entitled to.
For example, if you don't tell us about a change in your circumstances and we pay you too much benefit, you may have to pay it back. This is the quickest way to tell us if your circumstances have changed.
ESA offers personalised support and financial help for customers who are not able to work.
Central to ESA is the medical assessment which examines what customers can do, rather than what they can’t.
Supplemental Security Income pays benefits based on financial need.
When you apply for either program, we will collect medical and other information from you and make a decision about whether or not you meet Social Security's definition of disability.
ESA aims to ensure that no-one is written off and that everyone who is able to work is given assistance to help them back into employment.