employment and support allowance

  • Making an exception

    Issue 233 (April 2013)
    article

    Martin Williams takes a look at preparing appeals in cases involving the work capability assessment where the argument concerns the risk of substantial harm to the claimant or another person in the event they are not found to have limited capability for work (or work-related activity).

  • Introduction to benefits for ill-health


    training course

     

    This one-day course gives you an introduction to employment and support allowance (ESA) and to claiming amounts in universal credit (UC) for ill or disabled people who are unable to work. Assuming little or no previous experience, this course provides an introduction to the medical assessments that apply for both ESA and universal credit.

    The course covers:

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  • ESA and sanctions – more hard times ahead

    Issue 232 (February 2013)
    article

    New rules came into effect on 3 December 2012 for employment and support allowance (ESA) claimants who fall foul of the requirement on them to take part in work-related activity or a work-focused interviews. Edward Graham outlines the main features of the new sanctions regime.

  • WCA changes again

    Issue 232 (February 2013)
    article

    New rules taking effect from 28 January 2013 make further changes to the work capability assessment (WCA). Simon Osborne describes what has happened.

  • CE/978/2011 - Polish national - lawfulness of 2009 extension of WRS (but see update 04/01/2013), proportionality of WRS

    Last updated: January 4, 2013
    test case

    Polish national - self sufficiency, unrevoked registration certificate, retrospective effect of registration certificate, lawfulness of 2009 extension of WRS, proportionality of WRS

    The claimant in this case is a Polish national who worked in the UK from 1/2/06 to 23/12/08. The period 8/2/08 to 23/12/08 was registered. The claimant also had an unrevoked registration certificate (residence permit).

  • Whither the WCA?

    Issue 230 (October 2012)
    article

    Simon Osborne considers prospects for reform and other change to the work capability assessment.

  • Does time limiting ESA breach human rights?

    Issue 229 (August 2012)
    article

    Sarah Clarke considers the position.

  • ESA and time-limiting: a Q&A

    Issue 228 (June 2012)
    article

    Simon Osborne rounds up some of the questions being posed about the detailed working of the time-limiting of contributory employment and support allowance (ESA).

  • Changes to employment and support allowance

    Issue 227 (April 2012)
    article

    Simon Osborne sets out the changes made to ESA by the Welfare Reform Act 2012, and other changes and procedures that result from them.

  • Mental health and benefits

    Level: Standard

    training course

    This course 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: 

    • Common diagnoses, symptoms, medication and side-effects
    • Barriers to people getting the right entitlement
    • Personal independence payment in a mental health context
    • Medical tests for employment and support allowance and universal credit
    • Tactics for dealing with other benefit issues

     

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