Benefit exam exemptions — briefing for professionals

Healthcare Professionals in Solidarity

Here is our briefing for professionals on the rules you can quote in letters and reports, for your patient or client to be exempted from the face-to-face exams for ESA or PIP:

  • The regulations built into ESA on “substantial risk to health” — mental or physical.
  • The latest July 2018 PIP guidance to assessors issued by the DWP on exemption where: “there is strong evidence on which to advise on the case and a face-to-face consultation is likely to be stressful for the claimant” or where “someone has difficulty dealing with procedural demands” in circumstances such as “a previous suicide attempt, domestic violence, abuse or bereavement.”

Since September 2017, ESA and UC claimants in the Support Group will no longer
need to be reassessed if they:
 have a severe, lifelong disability, illness or health condition
 are unlikely to ever be able to move into work
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/benefit-reassessments-stopped-for-those-most-inneed

Read or download our leaflet here, please share and pass on to your contacts.

Compiled by women with direct personal and casework experience, with crucial input from mental health and welfare rights professionals.  Thanks to the women and staff from Drayton Park Women’s Crisis House and other volunteers who contributed.

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