Madeleine Moon MP

Labour Member of Parliament for Bridgend

ESA & Universal Credit Claimants with Motor Neurone Disease

ESA & Universal Credit Claimants with Motor Neurone Disease

I received the reply below from the Minster for Disabled People, Health and Work. I asked what steps are being taken to ensure ESA and Universal Credit claimants with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) are removed from the work-related activity group as soon as possible.

The DWP considers claimants in work-related activity groups will be capable of working at some point in the future. If someone is put in this group they will have regular interviews with an adviser, and will be invited for another Work Capability Assessment within two years of their previous assessment. It means that the DWP have decided that there are things an individual can do to improve their ability to work in the future, even if their health condition inhibits their current ability to work.

As MND is a degenerative disease, it is entirely inappropriate for individuals with this condition to be placed in this group. The Minister said that they are working on guidance to stop repeat assessments for claimants with the most severe health conditions or disabilities, and where their condition is unlikely to improve. I sincerely hope and expect MND to be included in their new guidance.


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