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Health: Haemophilia

House of Lords written question – answered on 24th January 2011.

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Photo of Lord Morris of Manchester Lord Morris of Manchester Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that people with haemophilia unable to work as a result of their condition, particularly those with a terminal illness, will not be required to return questionnaires regarding their entitlement to incapacity benefit.

Photo of Lord Freud Lord Freud The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

We have no plans to exempt people with haemophilia from completing an ESA50 questionnaire in regard to their application for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or the reassessment of their incapacity benefit entitlement. This is because entitlement to ESA is not condition-based but is based on someone's functional assessment, which varies between individuals with the same condition. The questionnaire is a valuable way to gather information about an individual and for them to explain in their own words how their condition affects them.

However, claimants who are identified as terminally ill are fast-tracked through the application process, without having to complete a questionnaire or attend a face-to-face assessment and are put straight onto the highest level of benefit.

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