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Replacing Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

Authors: Stef Benstead and Emma Nock

Part One: Support Needs of People with Chronic Illness

This paper is the first in a series of three reports looking cumulatively at the need to replace the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) with a proper system of assessment and support designed with and by people who have an illness, health condition or disability that makes it difficult or impossible to work. Extensive investigation, backed by research, demonstrates that ESA and the accompanying Work Capability Assessment (WCA) are not fit for purpose. 

This Ekklesia paper, researched by Stef Benstead and Emma Nock, and supported with funding from the St Joseph’s Province Passionists’ Grants Fund, looks in depth at the support needs of people with chronic illness, based on a detailed online survey in parallel with other research. 

The conclusion is clear: the government can provide the support needed for those with chronic illness to work, and then ask such people as are able to undertake that work; or it can reduce expenditure in that area and properly enable those with chronic illness to live lives that contribute to a good society in other ways, without conditions. But the government cannot have it both ways; it cannot refuse to pay the cost of employment support and simultaneously insist that individuals with chronic illness prepare for work that is simply not possible for them.

Read and download the free pdf in your browser here.

An Executive Summary to accompany the report is available to read here.


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Replacing Employment and Support Allowance © Ekklesia 2016.

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Briefing on ESA Regulations

Briefing on ESA Regulations

This briefing was written to alert people to the impact on disabled benefits claimants of the Employment and Support Allowance (Amendment) Regulations 2012 reference no 3096.

Spartacus ESA Mythbuster

Spartacus ESA Mythbuster

Members of Spartacus Network bust the dangerous myths and misinformation that has grown up around ESA.

Spartacus Response to Cuts in ESA

Spartacus Response to Cuts in ESA

The Spartacus Network show how Government policies are unfair, unreasonable and in conflict with International Human Rights.

Means Testing in ESA

Means Testing in ESA

Steve Griffiths explains how the introduction of more means testing in the ESA further damages the lives and families of disabled people.

How To Reform The ESA System

How To Reform The ESA System

Simon Duffy argues that the current ESA system is deeply flawed and suggests an alternative based on a better understanding of unemployment.

Thoughts on ESA

Thoughts on ESA

Some early thoughts on reforming the failed Employment Support Allowance and Work Capability Assessment system.