I recently asked the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) about the reassessing of those suffering from Motor Neurone Disease on behalf of my constituent Alison Railton, Public Affairs Manager at Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA).
Previously, claimants with severe health conditions and disabilities were being required to take part in reassessments even if the DWP already knew that their condition was unlikely to improve.
Therefore, on 1st October 2016, the then Secretary of State announced that the DWP would stop requiring people in the Support Group, or Universal Credit, equivalent with the most severe, lifetime conditions to be repeatedly assessed and, over the last year, the DWP have worked hard to improve the claim process for those people suffering from the most severe, lifelong conditions.
I am sure you will agree with me that this is a positive step towards reducing undue burdens upon some of the most vulnerable individuals in our society including those with motor neurone disease. This Government has always waved the flag for those suffering from disabilities and will continue to prioritise this in the years to come.
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