Debbie Abrahams MP Calls For Complete Axing Of Benefit Assessments

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A Greater Manchester MP has demanded the government completely scraps ‘wholly inappropriate’ fitness-to-work tests for disabled and severely-ill people.

Earlier this month, Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary and Oldham East and Saddleworth MP Debbie Abrahams welcomed news that people with chronic illnesses and severe conditions will no longer be reassessed every six months.

Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green said ‘pointless’ re-testing of Employment and Support Allowance payments (ESA) recipients with severe, long-term conditions will soon be scrapped.

It was hailed as a ‘victory for common sense’, but campaigners insisted it was merely the first step in tackling ‘draconian’ welfare rules.

It is hoped the change will help people like Sally Rahali and David Boyce from Salford – just two of an ‘unprecedented number’ of disabled people to have fallen foul of the rules in recent months.

Sally scored ‘zero’ on a ESA Work Capability Assessment, meaning her payments were…

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