Social Security Benefits: Kidney Diseases

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 2nd July 2018.

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Photo of Marion Fellows Marion Fellows SNP Whip, Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Small Business, Enterprise and Innovation)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what (a) medical and (b) circumstantial considerations in addition to an assessment report from a private agency her Department uses for people with renal failure when processing their (i) personal independence payments and (ii) employment support allowance claim.

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

As two people with the same condition can be affected in different ways, there is no condition-based entitlement to Personal Independence Payments or Employment and Support Allowance.

The Department encourages claimants to provide as much relevant evidence as is possible to support any claims for benefits. For Personal Independence Payment (PIP), our guidance for Health Professionals sets out the sources of evidence which could help inform the decision making process on PIP entitlement. Sources include evidence from other Health Professionals, family members, carers, and the claimant’s own views of the impact of their health condition on their everyday lives. Detailed information can be found in Part 1 of the PIP Assessment Guide on GOV.UK. We have also recently launched a series of videos outlining the claim process in a simple and clear way and what the best sources of evidence to provide are.

ESA Claimants are also encouraged to provide all evidence they have that is relevant to their case at the outset of their claim, including medical evidence supplied by their GP or other professionals, such as support workers, carers and community mental health nurses. This is outlined in Part one of the Work Capability Assessment Handbook on GOV.UK.

The Decision Makers for both benefits will consider all available evidence and seek more if required to help reach their decision.

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