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Government reviews ESA rules relating to cancer

Published: 17 Sep 2012

It’s encouraging to see that the Government is proposing to change its stance around Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) for people living with cancer. This change means that people will no longer be in the situation where they are expected to find work whilst they recover from cancer treatment.

Previously, some people undergoing cancer treatment went into the Work Related activity group. The new proposals will mean more people will be placed in the Support Group for ESA, where financial support is unconditional and there is no requirement to take steps to return to work.

Earlier this year Aviva's Absence Management study found that 38% of employers thought that it would be better to have a different approach for people living with conditions such as cancer which can present different levels of severity at different times. Just under a quarter of employers (24%) said that they were concerned that their employees would be forced back into the workplace too soon under the previous terms.

More details about the Government's proposals can be found here:


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