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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.”