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Reassessment of Sickness Related Benefits

Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) is replacing Incapacity Benefit, Severe Disablement Allowance and Income Support paid on the grounds of illness or disability. Some people, especially those who have made a new claim in the last couple of years, already receive ESA. Between now and Spring 2014, Jobcentre Plus will reassess most people on sickness-related benefits, using the Work Capability Assessment, to assess their capability to work. Those assessed fully capable of work will be invited to make a claim to Jobseeker’s Allowance, be able to claim Income Support (if they are entitled under a different condition of entitlement) or will move off benefit. Those who cannot work or have limited capability to work will receive ESA.

Download Information Sheets about the Reassessment process and about Work Capability Assessments

This link will take you to a page on ESA: The Work Capability Assessment

From this page there are links in the text to the questionnaire: Limited capability for work questionnaire

And to an explanation of the assessment process which includes explanations of the qualifications of medical staff and how the assessment is conducted. A guide to Employment and Support Allowance – The Work Capability Assessment This also includes descriptors and scores for each physical mental, cognitive and intellectual function assessment.

This is the relevant legislation: Legislation from 2011 numbered 228.

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