CPAG's response to SSAC inquiry into ESA 'loopholes'

December 2014

CPAG has responded to the Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) consultation on the government's proposal to close a 'loophole' in Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) repeat claims.

The government proposes to withdraw the 6 month time limit on new claims for ESA and remove ESA between mandatory reconsideration and appeal.

Both of the proposed changes represent a real threat to the rights and well-being of vulnerable claimants, and would exacerbate many of the already serious flaws in the ESA system. In light of this, CPAG recommends that SSAC strongly advises government not to proceed with either proposal at least until the many underlying problems with both ESA policy and administration are resolved.