Employment and Support Allowance

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 12th September 2014.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether a claimant refused Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) by a decision maker on the grounds that their health had improved by the time of the decision, having obtained sufficient points to receive ESA in an earlier Work Capability Assessment, should be paid ESA in arrears for the period of their ill health; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions) (Disabled People)

An Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claimant will be paid at the assessment rate until a determination is made about their eligibility for the benefit. DWP Decision Makers make the final decision and as such no claimant will have obtained any points before the Decision Maker awards points as appropriate against the work capability assessment descriptors. Where an ESA claimant’s health improves to the extent that they are no longer entitled to the benefit, ESA will be paid at the appropriate rate up until the date of change. This is not a payment of arrears but the continuing amount rightly due. ESA claimants are expected to notify the Department when their condition improves to the extent that they are likely to no longer be eligible for ESA.

Does this answer the above question?

Yes1 person thinks so

No0 people think not

Would you like to ask a question like this yourself? Use our Freedom of Information site.