employment and support allowance

  • 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 considers 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.

  • ESA and ‘significant worsening’

    Issue 246 (June 2015)
    article

    Recent rule changes make it more difficult for claimants to get employment and support allowance (ESA) in payment straight away if they reclaim following failing the work capability assessment (WCA). One way to do so is on the basis that their health condition has ‘significantly worsened’. But what does that mean, and how will the DWP approach the matter? Simon Osborne explains.

  • ESA and abolition of the ‘six month rule’

    Issue 245 (April 2015)
    article

    Simon Osborne describes important new rules which affect repeat claims for employment and support allowance (ESA) following failure of the work capability assessment, and entitlement to ESA pending appeal.

  • Sanctions

    Level: Standard

    training course

    Work-related requirements for benefit are getting tougher and sanctions more severe and widespread. This course will give you a good understanding of what goes into a claimant commitment and the work-related requirements that people are expected to meet. You will have a chance to think about how flexibilities in the system might help clients reduce the risk of a sanction. The course will also equip you to advocate effectively on behalf of clients who are faced with benefit sanctions.

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  • ESA appeals

    Level: Standard

    training course

    Employment and support allowance (ESA) is the subject of considerable change. This course looks at appeal issues and tactics, including the developing body of caselaw.

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  • CPAG's response to SSAC inquiry into ESA 'loopholes'

    December 2014
    briefing

    CPAG has responded to the Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) consultation on the government's proposal to close a 'loophole' in Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) repeat claims.

  • Repeat WCAs following appeal: new guidance

    Issue 243 (December 2014)
    article

    The DWP has issued new guidance (Memo DMG 27/14) about repeat referrals for the work capability assessment (WCA), where the claimant has been successful in an appeal. As before, when a repeat WCA is to be applied is not a matter of law, and so is not in itself a potential subject of appeal to the First-tier Tribunal. However, the guidance, described here by Simon Osborne, provides some very useful pointers in advising claimants as to what they can expect.

  • Waiting days for JSA and ESA

    Issue 243 (December 2014)
    article

    New regulations, which came into force on 27 October, extend from three to seven the number of waiting days at the start of a claim for jobseekers allowance (JSA) or employment support allowance (ESA), during which the claimant has no entitlement.1 Dan Norris explains.

    • 1. Social Security (Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance) (Waiting Days) Amendment Regulations 2014 SI No.3096; Social Security (Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance) (Waiting Days) Amendment Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2014 (SR No.235/2014)