The original assurance that the DWP would stop making ‘pointless’ ESA reassessments for those with lifelong, severe health conditions with no prospect of improvement was made by Damien Green, Work and Pensions Secretary, in Sep 2016.
One year on, DWP issued Severe Conditions Guidance on 29 Sep 2017. It defines the claimant group who will stop getting reassessed as ESA claimants in the Support Group (and Universal Credit equivalents) with a severe, lifelong disability who are unlikely to ever work. Examples of severe conditions include
- Motor Neurone Disease (MND)
- severe & progressive MS and Parkinson’s
- all dementias