Employment and Support Allowance

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 15th July 2015.

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Photo of Conor McGinn Conor McGinn Labour, St Helens North

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of delays in employment and support allowance assessments on people who lose their income based benefit waiting for that assessment.

Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)

Employment and Support Allowance claimants are usually paid the assessment rate of the benefit while waiting for their assessment. Where appropriate, arrears of Employment and Support allowance will be automatically backdated.

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