employment and support allowance

  • Refusal to accept late mandatory reconsideration requests

    Last updated: May 23, 2017
    test case

    Sarah Geater v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Appeal CE/766/2016) and R (Caroline Jeffries) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (JR/3861/2016)

    These two linked cases concern the Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) refusal to accept late mandatory reconsideration (‘MR’) requests, regardless of the claimant’s circumstances and reasons for lateness, thereby apparently leaving the claimant without a right of appeal to an independent tribunal.

  • ESA and UC: components axed

    Issue 257 (April 2017)
    article

    The employment and support allowance (ESA) component for work-related activity and the universal credit (UC) element for limited capability for work have been abolished from 3 April 2017. Simon Osborne describes the rules, including who can still be entitled.

  • ESA and the work capability assessment - an introduction


    training course

    This essential one-day course gives you an introduction to the work capability assessment that applies to employment and support allowance (ESA) and universal credit (UC). Assuming little or no experience of these benefits, the course gives you an understanding of the main rules for people whose health or disability limits their ability to work. It also helps you to deal with common problems.

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  • Dealing with destitution

    Level: Standard

    training course

    Increasingly advisers are supporting clients who have been left destitute due to a problem with their benefits. This course covers the common causes and focuses on practical steps advisers can take to get benefits (including universal credit) in payment and access other support.

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  • Mental health and benefits

    Level: Standard

    training course

    This popular course is jointly led by Paula John, a mental health officer and social worker with extensive experience in mental health, and Alison Gillies, welfare rights worker with CPAG . It provides a practical and tactical look at working with people with mental health diagnoses to help secure full entitlement to benefits, and to help avoid some of the pitfalls of the system.

    The course covers:

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  • Employment and support allowance and studying


    factsheet

    This factsheet provides information about employment and support allowance, a benefit for people who have health problems or disabilities that are a barrier to work, as it applies to students.

  • Benefit choices when a disabled young person lives at home and is still in education


    factsheet

    This factsheet is a flowchart providing basic information about when young people aged 16 to 19 with a disability or health problem can claim employment and support allowance; and when their parent(s) can continue to receive benefit for them.

  • Benefits for disabled children from age 16

    Level: Basic

    training course

    This basic level course focuses on the transition to adult benefits from age 16 for young people with disabilities or health problems who still live at home.

    It looks at changes to disability benefits for the young person, and introduces the circumstances in which a young person can claim adult benefits in their own right while still living at home.

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  • Safeguarding guidance: a tool for practitioners

    Issue 248 (October 2015)
    article

    Safeguarding procedures exist within DWP guidance to protect vulnerable claimants if their claim is about to be stopped. Greenwich Welfare Rights Service has found that querying with the DWP when the guidance has not been applied has regularly resulted in benefit being reinstated quickly. Owen Stevens and Corin Hammersley explain current safeguarding guidance for employment and support allowance (ESA) and universal credit (UC).

  • ESA and substantial risk

    Issue 247 (August 2015)
    article

    Alison Gillies provides an update on some increasingly important rules.