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Incapacity Benefits: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the impact of (a) the Welfare Reform Act 2007 and (b) new guidance on the disability living allowance on the granting of benefits to people with myalgic encephalopathy. (201838)

The Welfare Reform Act 2007 contains provision for the creation of the new employment and support allowance. This will be supported by the new work capability assessment.

The work capability assessment will be a fair, robust and accurate assessment of limited capability for work which takes account of all conditions, including those that are long term and that fluctuate such as myalgic encephalopathy.

Employment and support allowance will replace incapacity benefits for new claimants from October 2008. No assessment of its impact can be made yet.

Updated medical guidance on myalgic encephalopathy for disability living allowance decision makers was published in July 2007. No assessment has been made of the impact of the guidance on entitlement to disability living allowance for people with myalgic encephalopathy.