employment and support allowance

  • Welfare Reform Bill 2009

    Issue 208 (February 2009)
    article

    The Government published a Welfare Reform Bill on 14 January 2009. The Bill follows the Green Paper 'No one written off: reforming welfare to reward responsibility' published in July 2008 and a White Paper 'Raising expectations and increasing support: reforming welfare for the future' published in December 2008.  

  • Claiming ESA

    Issue 207 (December 2008)
    article

    Martin Williams looks at the rules for claiming ESA.

  • ESA decisions and appeals

    Issue 207 (December 2008)
    article

    Simon Osborne outlines the rules regarding decision-making and challenges in employment and support allowance (ESA).

  • ESA and students

    Issue 206 (October 2008)
    article

    Angela Toal describes the main employment and support allowance (ESA) rules for students, pointing out where they are more restrictive than at present.

  • Calculating ESA

    Issue 205 (August 2008)
    article

    The amount of employment and support allowance (ESA) a claimant is entitled to depends upon a number of factors, including whether the claimant is: single or part of a couple; in receipt of certain benefits; entitled to income-related and/or contributory ESA; and/or still in the initial assessment phase. Edward Graham explains how much ESA a claimant may be entitled to.

  • The work capability assessment

    Issue 204 (June 2008)
    article

    Simon Osborne describes the new test for Employment and Support Allowance of whether someone is too ill to work.

  • Employment and support allowance – a forthcoming attraction?

    Issue 193 (August 2006)
    article

    The Welfare Reform Bill was published on 4 July 2006. Amongst its foremost provisions are the basic rules concerning the employment and support allowance, which is expected to replace incapacity benefit and income support for incapacity from 2008. Drawing on the Bill and its predecessor, the Green Paper, Simon Osborne describes the main provisions and identifies some of the issues arising.

  • CHARITY TAKES LEGAL ACTION AGAINST DWP FOR DISABLED CLAIMANTS’ ARREARS

    April 19, 2018
    press release

    Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) is pursuing judicial review proceedings challenging the DWP’s decision to limit backdated payments for disabled people who were underpaid when they were moved from incapacity benefit (IB) to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) to an October 2014 date. 

    The DWP has confirmed that it will defend its decision following the charity’s application for judicial review proceedings last month, although, given the number of people involved and potential amount of money at stake, it has agreed to the case being expedited.

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  • CPAG responds to ESA report

    October 30, 2014
    press release

    Commenting on a BBC report today suggesting Government is considering cutting Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), Alison Garnham Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group said:

     “The proportion of people in absolute poverty in families living with disability has gone up each year since 2009 and now stands at a shocking 22%1. Any cut in support would make it very much harder for families already reeling from austerity blows and would surely fail any credible family test.”

    • 1. Households Below Average Income: An analysis of the income distribution 1994/95 – 2012/13, Jane Carr, Rachel Councell, Mary Higgs, Nancy Singh
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  • CPAG statement on Prime Minister's speech and plans to remove benefits from rioters

    August 15, 2011
    press release

    Commenting on the Welfare Reform Bill, which receives its Third Reading in the House of Commons today, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said:

    “This bill means too many vulnerable people are set to be losers, and too many people will find the promise to make work pay is not being kept.

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