Proposed changes to contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance

From the DWP Advisor website.   The Welfare Reform Bill currently going through Parliament is proposing two changes to contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance (ESA): to limit the amount of time that people in the Work Related Activity Group can receive contribution-based ESA to 12 months; and to remove the special contribution criteria for ESA…

Incapacity benefit tests face overhaul after damning report

From the Guardian   The government has signalled an overhaul of its controversial medical tests to decide whether the seriously ill and disabled can claim long-term sickness benefits after an independent review found they were “impersonal, mechanistic and lacked empathy”, leaving many claimants feeling unjustly treated and distressed. The review, conducted by the academic Malcolm…