The Department for Work and Pensions has announced that it will no longer be necessary for people with long term conditions claiming Employment Support Allowance (ESA) to be reassessed.
The Huntington’s Disease Association welcomes this decision. Cath Stanley, Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted with this common sense approach. Huntington’s disease is progressive and therefore symptoms deteriorate over time. Taking away the need for constant reassessment will help alleviate some of the uncertainty and anxiety that people affected by HD have faced in the past.”
New criteria are being developed for the ESA; the benefit for those who cannot work because of ill health or disability. The announcement does not affect the Personal Independence Payment (PIP), which helps with some of the extra costs caused by long term ill health or disability.
If you need advice or support to understand the benefits that may be applicable to you, or someone you know with HD, please contact 0151 331 5444 to speak to one of our Specialist Huntington’s Disease Advisers.