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Richard Fuller MP has welcomed government plans to stop requiring people with the most severe, lifelong conditions to be re-assessed for out-of-work benefits.

On Thursday, Richard spoke at FLAG Bedford – a social group for disabled adults in the Bedford area – and called for changes to be made to Employment Support Allowance (ESA) reassessments and two days later, the government announced its change in policy.

Over the weekend, the government announced that it will work with medical professionals, its health assessment provider and others to develop criteria to stop re-assessments for people with the most severe health conditions. People with illnesses such as severe Huntingdon’s, severe autism or a congenital heart condition will be among those who might qualify to continue to receive ESA automatically.

The Government went further by saying that it would also explore how it might simplify and improve the assessment process to support people with health conditions and disabilities.

Richard commented: “This is a very welcome announcement. In my time as an MP, I have come across chronically ill constituents with conditions that will not improve and for whom re-assessment has caused unnecessary anxiety and stress. I am very glad that Theresa May is setting a new direction.”

1 Response to Richard welcomes benefit changes announcement

  • At last some sense & compassion for genuine cases of people unable to work. My son is now 42 & has suffered mental health problems since his early teens. He has ‘progressed’ to living in a BPHA flat on his own with a dog for a companion. He endures the need for rituals which take up the whole of his day. He is uncomfortable in company & rarely goes out. He is on medication & regularly is reviewed at Weller Hospital & attends regular reviews with his GP. In short he is incapable of working. I have to look after most of his daily lifes dealings together with his mother. He has recently received the two yearly assessment form putting him under enormous stress & fear of losing his benefits. All of which should be totally unnecessary with reports from the hospital or his GP. In short he is unable to work & should never have to endure the cruel assessment process. Thank you for your support on this matter.

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