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CAS welcomes end of repeat ESA tests for people with long-term conditions

4 Oct 2016

Citizens Advice Scotland has welcomed the UK government’s decision to end re-assessments for long-term sick claimants of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).

The Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green announced the move, describing the current situation where people who have severe or lifelong health conditions with no prospect of improvement must undergo repeated Work Capability Assessments as “pointless, and which does increase their stress and anxiety levels.”

ESA is one of the most common issues people seek advice on from their local CAB, with over 32,000 new issues related to the benefit in 2015/16. Further details of the changes are expected to be announced in due course.

CAS Social Security spokesman Rob Gowans says, 

“We have long argued that these re-assessments are unnecessary and damaging to some of the most vulnerable people in our society. So we welcome this change, and we look forward to seeing the detail of how it will work and which groups will be affected. We would also like to see the change being applied to other benefits.”

 

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