Scrap 6 Months changes come into force today in England and Wales
After years of campaigning, the Association is pleased to see that as of today the long-awaited changes to the Special Rules for Terminal Illness have been applied to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and Universal Credit (UC).
We are hopeful that more people living with motor neurone disease will now be able to get fast-tracked access to ESA and UC. This follows a Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) review, which recommended the ‘reasonable expectation of death within 6 months’ rule be replaced with a 12-month end of life approach. The rule change is also being accompanied by a new form and guidance for clinicians.
Whilst we are pleased the change comes into effect for ESA and UC today, it still needs to be introduced for the remaining applicable benefits; Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and Attendance Allowance (AA). We want to see this happen as soon as possible as we are aware that in the meantime this creates a situation where there are two different processes in place depending on which benefit is being applied for.
In Northern Ireland, the changes are being implemented across all applicable benefits from today.
Thank you again to everyone who has been involved with or supported the Scrap 6 Months campaign.
If you are in need of direct support relating to welfare benefits then the Association has a dedicated Benefits Advice Service. You can find their contact details at the link below.