The EDM featured in this entry is one that deserves support from all sides of Parliament – and, it turns out, has it; there are Labour members, Liberal Democrats and Conservatives among the signatories.
The fact that the only benefit open to people on appeals is JSA makes a mockery of the process as you must be fit for work to claim it, so either an appeal falls or the claimant is committing benefit fraud by claiming it. The government will not pay ESA for the period during which a person is waiting for their case to be reconsidered, meaning that, even if they negotiated an overdraft at the bank, they could never pay it back without cutting into their benefit money, and only then if the appeal is successful – so they would be worse-off.
It is a nightmare of Iain Duncan Smith’s concoction. The man is a maggot, eating away at the heart of our social security system.
Parliamentary Early Day Motion 620
That this House notes that at present people who apply for employment and support allowance (ESA) and are declared fit for work can ask for this decision to be reconsidered prior to lodging a formal appeal; further notes that at present people can continue to receive ESA at the assessment rate during this period; welcomes the introduction of reconsideration in all cases as of 28 October 2013; expresses concern that people will no longer be able to claim ESA during this period; further expresses concern that their only alternative will be to apply for jobseeker’s allowance (JSA), for which being fit for work is a condition of receipt; further notes that since October 2008 four in 10 appeals have been successful; fears that in future people who are awarded ESA on appeal will be ineligible for both ESA or JSA during reconsideration; believes that…
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