Social Security Benefits: Epilepsy

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 17th October 2018.

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Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will bring forward in assessments for (a) employment and support allowance and (b) universal credit a limited capability for work-related activity descriptor for people suffering multiple epileptic seizures on a weekly basis.

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

Holding answer received on 16 October 2018

Entitlement to the limited capability for work-related activity element of Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit is not based on somebody’s health condition but on the impact it has on their capability to work. An evidence based review (EBR) published in December 2013 indicated that overall, the WCA is a valid assessment relative to experts’ opinions about people’s fitness for work”

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