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Work capability assessment: is it working?

Issue 216 (June 2010)
Alison Gillies describes the main findings and recommendations of the recent Citizens Advice report on the WCA, and looks at the DWP proposals for reform.

Welfare Reform Act 2009 – a quick guide

Issue 215 (April 2010)
Simon Osborne outlines the main provisions of the Act and indicates likely implementation dates, where known.

ESA: repeat claims and appeals

Issue 213 (December 2009)
Edward Graham explains the rules allowing ESA to be paid on repeat claims and pending appeals.

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.