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Sunday, 23 October 2011

FoI Act Request - Stopping ESA for the Duration of a WCA appeal

23 October 2011
Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

It has been widely reported that DWP is planning to stop ESA payments for the duration of a WCA appeal.

a) Is this true?
b) If so, when is the anticipated start date?
c) How do you justify such a change when the Tribunals Service overturns around 40% of the WCAs that are appealled?
d) How do you expect claimants to manage without any income?
e) This approach treats a claimant as guilty until proven innocent. How do you substantiate this policy against the accepted legal principle of innocent until proven guilty?

Yours faithfully,

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