employment and support allowance

  • ESA and sanctions – more hard times ahead

    Issue 232 (February 2013)

    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)

    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)

    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)

    Sarah Clarke considers the position.

  • ESA and time-limiting: a Q&A

    Issue 228 (June 2012)

    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)

    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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  • Welfare Reform Act 2012

    Issue 227 (April 2012)

    Do acts speak louder than words? Edward Graham gives a round-up of the changes on their way.

  • Never the twain shall meet? ESA medical reports and DLA decision making

    Issue 226 (February 2012)

    David Simmons considers the legalities of the DWP and tribunals relying on ESA85 medical reports when making DLA decisions.