Can you claim ESA and Universal Credit?
Contribution-based ESA can be paid to you alongside income-related ESA if you qualify for both.
However, if you qualify for Universal Credit instead of income-related ESA, you can get the contribution-based ESA at the same time as Universal Credit.
A claim for contribution-based ESA is also known as a new claim for New-style ESA.
When you make the claim for the benefit, you will normally have to show that you have limited capability for work, called the Work Capability Assessment.