Our June website poll | has Employment and Support Allowance assessment become fairer for people with ME/CFS?


This month’s MEA website poll is assessing what happens to people with ME/CFS who claim DWP Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

One of the reasons we are doing so is to compare the results to the last time we assessed ESA outcomes in November 2012

Early results suggest that there has been a significant increase in the number of people being placed in the ESA support group – something that links in to the feedback we are receiving on ESA.

However, a significant proportion of people with ME/CFS are still being found ‘fit for work’ when they clearly have a very genuine claim.

It would appear that all the work we have been doing ‘behind the scenes’ with the alternative version of the WCA, the need to perform WCA descriptor tasks reliably, repeatedly, safely and in a timely manner, along with Professor Malcolm Harrington’s independent reviews is starting to have a beneficial effect for people with fluctuating medical conditions.

Dr Charles Shepherd
Hon Medical Adviser, The ME Association.

Scroll down to find the poll on our home page. Please tell us what has happened to you with regards to ESA.


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