Employment and Support Allowance: Appeals:Written question - 273727

Asked by Tom Brake
(Carshalton and Wallington)

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Asked on: 05 July 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Employment and Support Allowance: Appeals
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the 29 April 2019 Health Select Committee news item, Committee publishes doctors’ views on Fit Notes and ESA appeals, what estimate her Department has made of the number of claimants who challenged their work capability assessment decisions but were refused employment support allowance while their appeal was pending due to her Department sending ambiguous ESA65B letters to claimants’ GPs.
Answered by: Justin Tomlinson
Answered on: 10 July 2019

The information requested is not available.

We have revised the ESA65B letter, which went live from 3rd June 2019. The letter gives clear clinical discretion to GPs to continue issuing fit notes in appropriate circumstances, such as when an appeal against a Department for Work and Pensions decision is being undertaken, where a claimant’s condition has worsened or if the claimant has developed a new health condition or disability.

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