Under the government’s proposal, people eligible for ESA who have paid National Insurance but are not considered severely ill, will only receive it for one year. After this time receiving it will be dependent on your financial circumstances. This would have pushed some people affected by cancer into poverty as it can often take longer than a year to return to work after a cancer diagnosis.
The government response:
More cancer patients will be placed into the Support Group where support is unconditional and not time-limited and without the need for a stressful face-to-face assessmentClose