Go back a step

Government to scrap ESA reassessments for those with lifelong severe conditions

Tuesday 4th October 2016


Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) is a benefit for people of working age who are unable to work due to their health problems. ESA claimants usually have to undergo regular reassessments to prove they remain unfit to work, even if their condition is never likely to improve.

However, Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green has now announced that the government will abolish ESA reassessments for those with life-long severe health conditions with no prospect of improvement.

At this point in time the government have not yet said which conditions will be covered by this exemption.

Contact a Family's chief executive Amanda Batten said:

"This is a good step forward - it's about time common sense prevailed in an assessment system that is so flawed. Severely disabled adults with long term conditions currently face pointless reassessments, causing them a lot of unnecessary stress and anxiety. 

"While we welcome the government's announcement that it will scrap reassessments for some claimants, we are keen for more details about which conditions are likely to benefit from this new rule."