In future, people who are receiving treatment or recovering from any form of
chemotherapy or radiotherapy for their cancer will be placed in the Support
Group for Employment and Support Allowance.
Previously some people receiving oral chemotherapy and radiotherapy may be
placed in the Work Related Activity group for ESA and have to take steps to
return to work.
Mr Hoban added: “We have listened to cancer charities, and people suffering
from cancer, and I am very pleased we can play our part in reducing the
burden on people during what everyone knows is a particularly difficult
“I am committed to continually improving the WCA process to ensure it is as
fair and effective as possible and that those who need help get it.”
The new proposals follow extensive consultation with specialists, Macmillan,
other cancer charities, and people with cancer and their families on the
debilitating affects of all forms of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Officials are also developing with Macmillan and the Royal College of
Radiologists a ‘light touch’ process for providing evidence for a person’s
claim is being developed.
This will mean people do not have to complete a lengthy questionnaire.