Request for information about your experiences of ESA and the WCA for Commons Select Committee Inquiry

6 Feb

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Employment and Support Allowance and Work Capability Assessments

Inquiry status: Inquiry announced on 6 February, deadline for receipt of evidence is Friday 21 March.

The deadline for submitting evidence is Friday, March 21, 2014

Background

Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) was introduced in October 2008 for claimants making a new claim for financial support on the grounds of illness or incapacity. It replaced Incapacity Benefits, Income Support by virtue of a disability and Severe Disablement Allowance.

ESA is paid to people who have limited capability for work (who are placed in the Work Related Activity Group (WRAG)), and people who have limited capability for work related activity (who are placed in the Support Group).

The majority of claimants applying for ESA are invited to a face-to-face assessment to help determine whether they fall within either of these two groups or whether they are fit for work. This assessment, called the Work Capability Assessment…

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