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ESA and PIP reassessments

Published Friday, July 13, 2018

This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the rules on reassessment of existing Employment and Support Allowance and Personal Independence Payment claimants. Starting from 29 September 2017, some ESA claimants with the most severe conditions will not have to face reassessment. The Government has announced that a similar exemption from reassessment will be introduced for PIP claimants with severe or progressive conditions.

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In October 2016 the Government announced that it intended to exempt some ESA claimants with the most severe health conditions and disabilities from future reassessments.

On 29 September 2017, the Department for Work and Pensions announced the criteria for "switching off" ESA reassessments.  From that date, ESA claimants in the Support Group and Universal Credit claimants with limited capability for work and work-related activity (LCWRA) attending a Work Capability Assessment will no longer need to be reassessed if they:

  • have a severe, lifelong disability, illness or health condition; and
  • are unlikely to ever be able to move into work

Claimants will be told if they will not be reassessed following their WCA.

On 18 June 2018 the Government announced that it would be implementing further changes so that Personal Independence Payment claimants with severe or progressive conditions requiring high level support would not face reassessment for 10 years.  Updated guidance implementing this change is expected in the summer of 2018.







Commons Briefing papers CBP-7820

Authors: Steven Kennedy; Manjit Gheera

Topics: Benefits administration, Benefits policy, Sickness, disability and carers' benefits

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