Sense Responds To Government Announcement About Scrapping Retesting For Chronically Ill ESA Claimants
A press release:
Sickness benefits claimants will no longer have to go through reassessments to keep their payments if they suffer from chronic illnesses
(03/10/2016) Disability charity, Sense, has welcomed the announcement from the Work and Pensions Secretary, Damian Green, that reassessments for chronically ill claimants will be scrapped.
The Government have said that the Employment Support Allowance (ESA) will continue automatically for those who have lifelong, severe health conditions with no prospect of improvement.
The testing process, which includes reassessing conditions every six months, has come under intense criticism for failing some of the most seriously ill and disabled.
Sense Policy Advisor, Jasmine Basran, said: “The reassessments cause stress and anxiety, so we welcome the news that they’ll be scrapped for some of the people we support. However, this will only apply for some ESA claimants, and we await the full details on who will qualify for continuous payments without reassessment. It’s good to see, though, that the Government have listened and recognised that there need to be changes made to better support the needs of disabled people, including scrutinising the work capability assessment.
We often hear from disabled people who want to work, and are able to work, but are prevented from doing so because of the barriers that exist. This is a great opportunity, with the formation of the new Government, to adopt a new approach on how we help disabled people get into work and realise their aspirations.”