I’ve been meaning to post this for a while now, on the subject of reassessment of claimants of ESA.
There are still very restrictive conditions required in order to meet the necessary criteria to avoid ESA reassessment.
Claimants will have to satisfy all four of the following
The level of function will always meet the limited capacity for work related activity criteria.
The condition will always be present (some lifelong conditions are present from birth the others will develop or be acquired later in life)
No realistic prospect of recovery of function (with advice on this being based on currently available treatment and not on the prospect of scientists discovering a cure in the future)
Unambiguous condition ( following all relevant clinical investigations a recognised medical diagnosis has been made)
if all the above four criteria and any of the limited capacity for work related activity criteria are met, the healthcare professional is to advise the decision-maker that the claimant has a severe condition and has limited capacity for work related activity.
I have also found the following wording from the government’s own website.
ESA claimants in the support group and universal credit claimants with limited capability for work and work related activity attending a work capability assessment from the 29th of September 2017 will no longer need to be reassessed if it finds they:
Have a severe, lifelong disability, illness or health condition,
Unlikely to ever be able to move into work.
One possibility could be, and I say could be, fewer claimants assessed as having limited capacity for work related activity and consequently more claimants being put into the work related activity group. This counteracts the effect of removing the need for reassessment of those as described, as WRAG Claiments are still regularly assessed!