17 May 2012
Thank you to the 270 people who have completed our important Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) survey.
If you have applied for ESA in the last 12 months and haven't taken part yet, please consider doing so. We are gathering evidence on the ESA assessment process to take to Ministers as part of our Time for Action campaign.
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.
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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