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IS and incapacity for work

Issue 212 (October 2009)
Martin Williams looks at DMG Memo 30/09 and the possibility of retaining IS on the basis of incapacity post employment and support allowance (ESA).

Incapacity to limited capability

Issue 210 (June 2009)
Martin Williams looks at the benefit options for existing claimants of income support (IS) or incapacity benefit (IB) who are found capable of work.

ESA claimants and housing benefit

Issue 208 (February 2009)
Judith Paterson looks at changes to housing benefit (HB) and council tax benefit (CTB) applicable amounts for employment and support allowance (ESA) claimants and considers some better-off issues.

ESA decisions and appeals

Issue 207 (December 2008)
Simon Osborne outlines the rules regarding decision-making and challenges in employment and support allowance (ESA).

Claiming ESA

Issue 207 (December 2008)
Martin Williams looks at the rules for claiming ESA.

ESA and students

Issue 206 (October 2008)
Angela Toal describes the main employment and support allowance (ESA) rules for students, pointing out where they are more restrictive than at present.

Calculating ESA

Issue 205 (August 2008)
The amount of employment and support allowance (ESA) a claimant is entitled to depends upon a number of factors, including whether the claimant is: single or part of a couple; in receipt of certain benefits; entitled to income-related and/or contributory ESA; and/or still in the initial assessment phase. Edward Graham explains how much ESA a claimant may be entitled to.

The work capability assessment

Issue 204 (June 2008)
Simon Osborne describes the new test for Employment and Support Allowance of whether someone is too ill to work.

Work-focused interviews: recent rules and research

Issue 198 (June 2007)
Simon Osborne looks at the most recent rules and at what the latest research suggests about their likely effectiveness.

Employment and support allowance – a forthcoming attraction?

Issue 193 (August 2006)
The Welfare Reform Bill was published on 4 July 2006. Amongst its foremost provisions are the basic rules concerning the employment and support allowance, which is expected to replace incapacity benefit and income support for incapacity from 2008. Drawing on the Bill and its predecessor, the Green Paper, Simon Osborne describes the main provisions and identifies some of the issues arising.