The DWP has published the long awaited guidance on Reassessments for claimants with the most severe and lifelong conditions, with the applicable criteria. This will only apply to claimants in the Support Group or under UC who have been found to have Limited Work Related Activity capability. As with any decision which is discretionary, there will be no right of appeal. Developed in conjunction with some disability charities such as DRUK, the criteria are not related to specific conditions, but to broader categories which will apply to specific conditions but will also encompass others, when all the criteria are met.
As with everything related to DWP, the implementation will be key, but there are already some questions:
Will it be a limit within a range to the number of people found to meet the criteria? A FOI request has already been made about this: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/wca_management_information_sever
What if a disability assessor and a claimant’s GP or consultant disagree about the realistic prospect of recovery? Could a disability assessor who is neither a GP nor a consultant overrule a GP or a consultant in that regard?
There will be more questions. Meanwhile the guidance and the criteria are here: