Susan Elan Jones MP has urged the Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work, Penny Mordaunt MP, to honour the announcement made in 2016 by former Department for Work and Pensions Secretary, Damian Green MP, to scrap Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) reassessments for people with severe, life-long conditions.
ESA is a benefit intended to help people who have an illness, health condition or disability that makes it difficult or impossible to work. The allowance replaced incapacity benefit and is considered to be more difficult to claim because of the assessment involved.
Following a meeting with the local Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA), one of the organisations pushing the Government to scrap the reassessments, Susan Elan Jones MP said: “I have written to the Minister to make clear my complete support for the MNDA’s call to the Government to ensure that those who live with MND and who require ESA, will no longer be require to undergo reassessment. Not only are these reassessments an expensive waste of money, but they cause an enormous amount of distress and anxiety for those who have to endure this intrusive and unnecessary process”.