The DWP has announced that a new ESA50 form is to be introduced early in 2015.
The Limited Capability for Work (ESA50) questionnaire has to be filled in by claimants as part of their Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claim.
According to the December edition of the DWP Stakeholder Bulletin:
“The form will make it clearer that a range of information from a variety of care professionals can be a valuable contribution when assessing eligibility for ESA.
“The new form will list the types of evidence or information claimants could send which may help show how their health condition or disability affects their ability to do things on a daily basis, as well as listing the things they don’t need to send.
“Claimants will be encouraged to provide information they are likely to already have, but may not be aware can be used as evidence to support their claim. Claimants will be told that they are not required to get any new or specially prepared information and DWP cannot refund any costs involved if they do get this."
Benefits and Work will be producing guides to completing the new form as soon as we can get hold of a copy.