Employment and Support Allowance: Motor Neurone Disease

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 10th July 2017.

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Photo of Layla Moran Layla Moran Liberal Democrat, Oxford West and Abingdon

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will add motor neurone disease to the list of conditions that exempt a claimant of employment and support allowance from re-testing.

Photo of Charles Walker Charles Walker Conservative, Broxbourne

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether claimants of employment and support allowance with motor neurone disease will continue to be subject to health reassessments.

Photo of Penny Mordaunt Penny Mordaunt The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

There is no condition based entitlement to Employment Support Allowance.

We are working with medical professionals and other stakeholders to develop functional criteria that will help us identify those with the most severe health conditions or disabilities, for whom repeat work capability assessments can be stopped.

Rather than a list of specific medical conditions, the criteria will be based on identifying claimants with the most severe health conditions or disabilities where it would be unreasonable to expect the individual to undertake any form or amount of work or work-related activity. This change will only apply to those placed in the Support Group and UC equivalent.

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