Employment and Support Allowance

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 3rd April 2018.

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Photo of Marsha de Cordova Marsha de Cordova Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions) (Disabled People)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effect of the removal of the work-related activity component for employment support allowance on the incomes of claimants in the work-related activity group.

Photo of Sarah Newton Sarah Newton The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

There are no cash losers among those in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and the Universal Credit equivalent prior to April 2017, including those who temporarily leave ESA to try out work and then return.

New claimants from April, who are capable of preparing for work, receive a rate of benefits on a par with Jobseeker’s Allowance.

The Government published its assessment of the impacts of the change to the work-related activity component on 20 July 2015. http://www.parliament.uk/documents/impact-assessments/IA15-006B.pdf

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