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Employed Person's Allowance

Employed Person's Allowance Team

Markwell House

Market Street



Telephone:+44 1624 685679 or +44 1624 685458

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Basic qualifying conditions

Employed Person's Allowance (EPA) is available to low income, working families, depending on their circumstances and how many hours they work.

EPA is available to:

  • lone parents
  • couples with children
  • disabled workers with or without children

If you are a lone parent you must work for at least 16 hours per week.

If you are a couple with children, one of you must work for at least 30 hours a week.

You may qualify for EPA as a disabled worker if you have an illness or disability that puts you at a disadvantage in getting a job and are (or recently have been) receiving certain incapacity or disability benefits. You must work for at least 16 hours a week. If your hours fluctuate, an average will be taken.

Read our guide to qualifying conditions EPA5 A Guide to Employed Person’s Allowance.

You must satisfy the Isle of Man residential condition. If you are subject to immigration control you will not be entitled to EPA. You may qualify for EPA if you are part of a couple and only one of you is subject to immigration control.

Applying for EPA

Download claim form EPA1 or pick one up at our office.

Claim forms should be downloaded, completed and returned to us. We will not accept scanned copies.

Please include:

  • your payslips (if paid weekly the last 5 wage slips and if paid monthly, 4 weekly or fortnightly the last 2 wage slips)
  • up to date proof of rent or mortgage and
  • bank statements for all your accounts for the last 3 months to date

If you are already in receipt of EPA and your claim is within 2 weeks of ending use form EPA7 to renew your claim. When you reclaim we only need your payslips, not bank and housing information. 


EPA is awarded for a period of between 4 and 26 weeks and normally paid from the Tuesday following the day we receive your claim. If we receive it on a Tuesday, it will normally be awarded from that day.

EPA is paid:

  • Weekly on a MiCard at a Post Office, or fortnightly into your bank account
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