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Benefit reassessments stopped for those most in need

Posted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 3:11 pm
by rosemary
People suffering from the most severe health conditions or disabilities will no longer be routinely reassessed to continue receiving ESA and UC.

Coming into effect from today (29 September 2017), claimants in the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) support group and Universal Credit (UC) recipients with limited capability for work and work-related activity will no longer need to be reassessed if they:
•have a severe, lifelong disability, illness or health condition
•are unlikely to ever be able to move into work
see in full here
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/bene ... st-in-need

Re: Benefit reassessments stopped for those most in need

Posted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 3:19 pm
by Chris From The Gulag
AT FACE VALUE , seems to be a worthy change.

However , once reassessments stop , and one is transferred , is it now demned that they are written off ?

The future danger would be a reduction in benefits to anyone in that new category.

One to keep a close eye on.

Re: Benefit reassessments stopped for those most in need

Posted: Sat Sep 30, 2017 10:25 am
by EMMA_150812
This is all well and good but i have to claim Income support for our family as my partner does not have the capacity to do so any longer and i keep getting letters for interviews about benefit compliance which always worry the heck out of me. I know I've nothing to hide and that i shouldn't worry but as I'm sure a lot of carers know being a carer often gives us a worried disposition.

Re: Benefit reassessments stopped for those most in need

Posted: Sat Sep 30, 2017 10:33 am
by Chris From The Gulag
Often the case when the carer and caree relationship is NOT treated as a partnership.

Present policy is to treat each as individuals , with different needs , not as one unit with collective needs.

Even if the caree is moved to a new category , the carer will still be assessed for their own financial position.

Re: Benefit reassessments stopped for those most in need

Posted: Sat Sep 30, 2017 11:49 am
by EMMA_150812
Chris From The Gulag wrote:
Sat Sep 30, 2017 10:33 am
Often the case when the carer and caree relationship is NOT treated as a partnership.

Present policy is to treat each as individuals , with different needs , not as one unit with collective needs.

Even if the caree is moved to a new category , the carer will still be assessed for their own financial position.
Funny that, considering we have to claim and declare as a couple and rightly so we've been together 20yrs but they ignore that fact and send me compliance letters with no incling of the purpose of their interview and make me feel like a lying layabout whilst I wait 3 weeks for their phone call. When I was 15 and met my partner neither of us saw our futures on benefits and I despite my better judgement because of my partners condition trained and worked to provide financially for and to give my daughters a positive role model only to have that impact so significantly on my partners mental health that he considered taking his own life that i made the decision I would have to quit the job I loved to look after him and save my family. And since that day I've done nothing but worry about money because of these stupid letters and "reminders" of sanction possibilities should I fail to report changes in circumstances. I've also since that day not asked another soul for help. I've decorated, mended things, gardened etc etc even fixed my own oven when it broke because you know what our benefits barely cover cost of basic living for 2 adults a teenager and a 10yr old let alone the privileged of paying for help..

Sorry to rant but sometimes it's the only power i have