JSA or ESA?
Some of our service users have been asking what the point is of being on ESA in the Work Related Activity Group (WRAG), now that the benefit has been cut, and you get the same money as you would on JSA.
There are some advantages to being in the ESA WRAG group:
You dont get sanctioned if you dont look for work or apply for jobs on ESA:
You dont have to apply for jobs:
You are allowed to earn some money under the permitted earnings rule without it affecting your benefit:
So although the money on both benefits is now the same, the things you have to do are less demanding.