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Members Business Debate - Unfit for Purpose

Members business debate on CAS's evidence report on Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), Unfit for Purpose.

Citizens Advice Scotland will launch on Wednesday the 26th of May their most recent evidence report on the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). The report has also informed BBC Scotland’s Investigative Program, ‘Benefits – Who’s Cheating Who?’ which will air on Wednesday the 26th at 10:45pm on BBC 1. The report is based on evidence from citizens advice bureaux across Scotland, depicting the gravity of the issues faced by both applicants and claimants, many of whom have severe illnesses and/or disabilities. ESA is now the second highest enquiry about benefits in bureaux and the fifth most enquired about issue overall. The report focuses on three main types of problem for CAB clients: the poor administration of the benefit, issues with the Work Capability Assessment and concerns around incorrectly being found fit for work.

Alizeh Hussain
Publication date
May 2010
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