employment and support allowance

  • 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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  • Welfare Reform Act 2012

    Issue 227 (April 2012)
    article

    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)
    article

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

  • Escalating conditionality

    Issue 225 (December 2011)
    article

    David Simmons describes the new conditionality regime for benefit claimants provided for in the Welfare Reform Bill 2011.

  • Unnoticed? The flaw in ESA conversion decisions

    Issue 224 (October 2011)
    article

    Martin Williams discusses the problems with letters sent by the DWP to existing claimants of incapacity benefit (IB), severe disablement allowance (SDA) and income support (IS) on grounds of disability informing them that they are to be reassessed for employment and support allowance (ESA).

  • Benefits and the Work Programme

    Issue 223 (August 2011)
    article

    Simon Osborne describes the rules and arrangements that provide for claimants to be referred to the new employment programme, which replaces many of the existing programmes.

  • Incapacity to ESA: transfer and reassessment

    Issue 221 (April 2011)
    article

    Simon Osborne reviews the rules under which most existing claims of benefit on the basis of incapacity for work are being transferred to claims for employment and support allowance (ESA), with entitlement reassessed.

  • Contribution conditions for ESA and JSA

    Issue 219 (December 2010)
    article

    Judith Paterson describes the new, stricter national insurance contribution conditions for employment and support allowance (ESA) and jobseeker’s allowance (JSA) from November 2010.

  • Spending Review – more cuts

    Issue 219 (December 2010)
    article

    Angela Toal examines the changes to welfare benefits and tax credits announced in the Government’s Spending Review in October 2010.