Employed Person's Allowance
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Basic qualifying conditions
To qualify for Employed Person's Allowance (EPA) you or your partner must be working for at least the number of hours per week as set out below.
It is available to:
- Lone parents – who must be responsible for at least one child and work for at least 16 hours a week.
- Couples who are responsible for a child or children – one or both partners must work for at least 30 hour a week.
- Couples who don’t have children – one or both partners must be severely disabled or care for a severely disabled person, and one or both partners must work for at least 16 hours a week
- People classed as 'Disabled Workers' (see below) – who must work for at least 16 hours a week.
Where a person’s hours of work fluctuate an average is taken.
From 18 October 2022 the minimum number of hours required to be worked to qualify for EPA is changing for certain groups of people. Details of the current and future minimum number of hours of work are detailed in the minimum number of hours of work page.
You qualify as a 'Disabled worker' if you:
- have an illness or disability which puts you at a disadvantage in getting a job; and
- are getting, or you recently stopped getting, certain incapacity or disability benefits.
Isle of Man residential condition
To qualify for EPA you must satisfy the Isle of Man residential condition (though in exceptional circumstances you may get EPA even if you don’t satisfy the Isle of Man residential condition).
You will satisfy the Isle of Man residential condition if:
- You were born in the Isle of Man (IoM); or
- You have been ordinarily resident in the IoM for a continuous period of 5 years at any time; or
- You have been ordinarily resident in the IoM for a number of separate periods which, when added together, amount to at least 10 years; or
- You are married to or a civil partner of a person who meets any of the above.
You may qualify for EPA if you are a member of a couple and either or both of you satisfy the residential condition.
For more information
Read Leaflet EPA5 'A Guide to Employed Person’s Allowance' which can be downloaded from this page.
How to claim EPA
Download and print a claim form EPA1 from this page. Or you can get one from a Social Security office.
Complete the claim form carefully in ink, using CAPITAL LETTERS, and sign it. If you are a couple you must provide the required information about both of you and both of you must sign it.
Take or send your completed claim form to the address at the top of this page. Please don’t scan it and send it to us electronically; we can’t accept scanned images or photocopies.
Supply with your completed claim:
- your payslips – if you are paid weekly your payslips for the last 5 weeks, or if you are paid monthly, 4-weekly or fortnightly your payslips for the last 2 pay periods;
- up to date proof of the amount of any rent or mortgage you have to pay;
- bank and building society statements covering the last month.
If you pay for child care
Download and print a claim form EPA4 from this page. Or you can get one from a Social Security office.
Awards and payments
EPA is awarded for a period of between 4 and 26 weeks at a time.
It is normally awarded from the Tuesday following the day we receive your claim, unless we receive it on a Tuesday in which case EPA will be awarded from that day.
EPA will be paid to you either:
- Weekly at a post office using a MiCard; or
- Fortnightly directly into your bank or building society account.
There is a section in the claim form which asks you how you want to be paid.
Subsequent awards of EPA
If you want to continue claiming EPA after your initial award you’ll need to make another claim using form EPA1 within 2 weeks of your last award of EPA ending. You’ll need to supply your payslips as above. We won’t normally need to see proof of the amount of any rent or mortgage you have to pay.