incapacity benefit

  • Guide to welfare reforms for local authority staff and their partners


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    A (long) plain language guide to welfare reforms for local authority staff and their partners

    A wide reaching programme of welfare reform is underway that will have a significant impact on child poverty levels across local authorities. The scope of the welfare reform programme is broad, and a number of reforms will affect a variety of family types, and for many households, these effects will be cumulative.

  • Personal independence payment

    Level: Standard

    training course

    This popular one-day course provides an introduction to personal independence payment (PIP).

    It covers:

    • Who is entitled to PIP
    • The disability test
    • Claiming PIP and getting paid
    • Stays in hospital or residential care
    • Transferring to PIP from disability living allowance

    It is suitable for advisers with a working knowledge of sickness and disability benefits, but assumes no previous knowledge of PIP. For others who do not work specifically in welfare rights but do want to support clients, see Personal Independence Payment – The Essentials.

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  • 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).

  • 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.

  • Incapacity to ESA

    Issue 216 (June 2010)
    article

    Simon Osborne describes the rules providing for the transfer of incapacity benefits claimants onto employment and support allowance (ESA).

  • The Employment and Support Allowance (Transitional Provisions) (Existing Awards) Regulations (2010): SSAC consultation response

    February 2010
    briefing

    CPAG responded to the Social Security Advisory Committee consultation on new regulations allowing for the movement of existing claimants of incapacity benefit, income support on grounds of disability and severe disablement allowance onto employment and support allowance (ESA).

  • Substantial risk' and incapacity / limited capability for work

    Issue 211 (August 2009)
    article

    A recent court decision has resolved conflicting case law on the interpretation of the 'substantial risk' rule, which applies to the assessments for incapacity for work (the personal capability assessment) and limited capability for work (the work capability assessment). Simon Osborne explains.

  • Incapacity to limited capability

    Issue 210 (June 2009)
    article

    Martin Williams looks at the benefit options for existing claimants of income support (IS) or incapacity benefit (IB) who are found capable of work.

  • 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.

  • Fit up?

    Issue 215 (April 2010)
    article

    Martin Williams examines the new 'fit note' and considers whether or not it will really change anything for benefit claimants.