The short answer to this is no, anyone claiming Incapacity Benefit will be transferred to Employment and Support Allowance and will have to take part in the Work Capability Assessment.
The transfer of Incapacity Benefit claimants onto Employment and Support Allowance has already started in Aberdeen and Burnley and that process is about to be rolled out across the whole of the country.
From April this year the DWP are planning to assess 7000 Incapacity Benefit claimants per week with the figure rising to 11000 claimants per week from May.
Anyone claiming Severe Disablement Allowance or Income Support on the grounds of sickness will also be part of this reassessment process.
At the moment anyone in receipt of Disability Living Allowance high rate care or assessed as 80% disabled for the purpose of Severe Disablement Allowance is automatically treated as having limited capability for work and does not have to attend a medical assessment.
THIS WILL NO LONGER APPLY AND EVERYONE WILL BE REASSESSED AT SOME TIME. The only exception to this is terminally ill claimants.
So how does the process work? Read more>>
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