To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the written statement by Lord Freud on 27 November 2014 (HLWS32), when they plan to bring forward the measure to prevent claimants being paid the Employment Support Allowance assessment rate if they have already been found fit for work but have made a repeat claim, and what consideration they have given to the implications this will have for disabled people and those with fluctuating conditions.
The Regulations that implement the measure making changes to how repeat claims for Employment and Support Allowance are dealt with were laid before Parliament on 5th March.
The Regulations can be found at http://www.legislation.gov.uk/id/uksi/2015/437.
The criteria for eligibility for the support group in Employment and Support Allowance remains the same for men and women.
The updated guidance for healthcare professionals on the assessment of risk in claimants with a Mental Health condition was developed with input from senior psychiatrists. It differentiates between men and women in relation to suicide risk because the suicide rate in men is significantly higher than in women.
The guidance makes clear that the assessment of risk needs to focus both on the claimant’s health and whether the claimant could cope with work-related activity.