The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has announced it will scrap retesting of chronically ill patients who are claiming ESA.
Under the current Employment and Support (ESA) benefit rules, all claimants are reassessed every six months for their suitability to return to work. Damien Green, the work and pensions secretary said that ESA will now continue automatically for those who have lifelong, severe health conditions with no improvement likely. This practice came under fire from major charities who argued that this was unnecessary and stressful for seriously ill and disabled individuals who would never be able to...
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