Clause 99, Catch 22 – The ESA Mandatory Second Revision and Appeals

Politics and Insights

552733_435687149834152_88095195_nSection 102 and Schedule 11 of the Welfare Reform Act, (Clause 99) – Power to require revision before appeal.

If there is anyone left in doubt that this Government’s policies are grossly unfair, and are intentionally punishing sick and disabled people, some of whom are amongst the most vulnerable of our citizens, whilst at the same time, claiming that they are benevolent, utilising an Orwellian Doublespeak, you need look no further than Clause 99 for evidence to verify my conjecture. Currently, claimants who are found fit for work can continue to receive Employment Support Allowance (ESA) at the basic rate by immediately lodging an appeal if they think the decision is wrong. ESA will then remain in payment until the appeal is decided.

That is all set to change, however, under Clause 99 of the Welfare Reform Bill, intended to be effective from April 2013 – and according to the…

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