Employment and Support Allowance

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 5th April 2019.

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Photo of Stephen Twigg Stephen Twigg Chair, International Development Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 16 May 2018 to Question 142517 on employment support allowance, which Minister authorised revisions to the wording of ESA65B letters to claimants’ GPs.

Photo of Stephen Twigg Stephen Twigg Chair, International Development Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 16 May 2018 to Question 142517, whether the Cabinet Secretary has issued any further ministerial requirements in relation to the ESA65B letters to employment support allowance claimants’ GPs after the initial requirement in November 2014.

Photo of Stephen Twigg Stephen Twigg Chair, International Development Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 21 March 2018 to Question 132727, for what reason the revised wording of the ESA65B letters to employment support allowance claimants’ GPs was implemented by a ministerial requirement issued by the Cabinet Secretary instead of the Permanent Secretary of her Department; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Justin Tomlinson Justin Tomlinson The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The Department routinely works with the Cabinet Office, other government departments and stakeholders to ensure its claimant communications are as clear as possible. The final wording in such communications is authorised by DWP Ministers or officials acting on their behalf.

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