7 May 2012
Action for M.E. is collecting data from people with M.E. who have applied for Employment and Support Allowance in the last 12 months.
If this includes you, please complete our survey.
More than 200 people with M.E. participated in a similar survey in 2010. Results showed that the Work Capability Assessment (WCA), the face-to-face assessment for ESA, was not suitable for testing fluctuating conditions such as M.E.
This was reiterated in Professor Malcolm Harrington’s independent review of the WCA in November 2011, which recommended that “fluctuating conditions descriptors” should be used to assess people with long-term conditions in order to avoid a “snapshot” assessment.
Action for M.E. is trying to find out how the ESA assessment process has improved – or not – since then for people with M.E.
If you would prefer a paper copy of the survey, please email our Policy Officer Tristana Rodriguez and one will be posted to you.
The deadline for surveys to be completed is Friday 22 June.
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