Todays announcement re changes to ESA work capability test sounded on surface potentially good news, but they are lying bastards as per usual with conference season under way this week for the Conservative Party. We are being lured into a false sense of security.
ESA claimants in the support group and UC claimants with limited capability for work and work-related activity (LCWRA) attending a Work Capability Assessment from 29 September 2017 will no longer need to be reassessed if it finds that they:
- have a severe, lifelong disability, illness or health condition
- are unlikely to ever be able to move into work
Claimants will be told if they will not be reassessed following their WCA.
This change does not affect:
ESA claimants placed in the work-related activity group
UC claimants who are found to have limited capability for work
What does this mean in plain english and not weasel words? Well as we are all aware Full Service Universal Credit is starting to be wheeled out at the this month in tranches across the UK with 318 councils eventually going full service by Sept 2018. This means if after Sept 2017 you get support group status after a WCA you will no longer face reassessment and we await that list of conditions Minister Penny Mourdant is quoted as saying will be released shortly.
Do not be fooled by these charlatans you will still face assessments as IR ESA is being incorporated into Universal Credit which will be classed as a new claim and award it is only then you will not face reassessment!
Updated info :
There is no condition based entitlement to Employment Support Allowance.
Rather than a list of specific medical conditions, the criteria will be based on identifying claimants with the most severe health conditions or disabilities where it would be unreasonable to expect the individual to undertake any form or amount of work or work-related activity.
This change will come into effect in autumn 2017 and will apply to those placed in Employment and Support Allowance’s Support Group and the Universal Credit equivalent.
We are currently working with stakeholders to develop the new criteria and, when finalised, the amended guidance will be incorporated into the Work Capability Assessment Handbook published annually on GOV.UK. This change will be reflected in the summer 2018 update.