Benefit claimants will be exempt from some rules when changes come in next month following a government announcement.
Terminally ill benefit claimants in the UK will not have to prove they are taking steps such as job search in order to get money from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
Disability, Health and Labor Minister Chloe Smith has said the government will now exempt terminally ill people from having to accept a pledge from the claimant to be eligible for benefits, Wales Online reports.
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A requester’s commitment means that requesters must agree to certain steps in exchange for getting money.
This could mean agreeing to look for work, increasing your income, or reporting any changes in your circumstances.
Currently, claimants under the Special Rules for Terminal Illness are exempted from seeking work, but there is no blanket exemption for terminally ill people from accepting a claimant undertaking more generally. .
But that will now change after Smith told the House of Commons on Monday January 24 that the DWP was introducing an amendment to the Universal Credit Regulations 2013 and the Employment and Support Allowance Regulations 2013.
“To streamline the process and provide certainty for those nearing the end of their life, the statutory instrument created will therefore create a specific exemption from claimants’ undertakings for terminally ill people,” she added.
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The regulations will come into force on February 15, 2022.
Smith said the government would also shortly introduce regulations to replace the current six-month rule for determining eligibility for special rules for terminal illnesses with a 12-month end-of-life approach to Universal Credit and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) benefits.
Changes to the Personal Independence Payment, Disability Living Allowance and Attendance Allowance will be made when parliamentary time permits, Smith added.
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