Consultation outcome

Employment and Support Allowance: government proposals to close a loophole about repeat claims

This consultation has concluded

Detail of outcome

We published the committee’s report on these regulations, and the government’s response, on 5 March 2015 – The Employment and Support Allowance (Repeat Assessments and Pending Appeal Awards) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 (S.I. 2015 No. 437): SSAC report.

Original consultation


The committee is consulting on the government's proposals to close a loophole about Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) repeat claims.

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Consultation description

The Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) has begun a public consultation on the government’s intention to close a loophole it believes some Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claimants are exploiting. This affects claimants whose award of benefit has ended after a Work Capability Assessment determines that they do not have limited capability for work. They will no longer be able to make a successful repeat claim for benefit unless their health has deteriorated or changed.

Read more about the workshops and the consultation in the press release: Proposals to close ESA loophole may have unintended consequences.

Consultation workshops

The committee will be hosting 2 workshops to gather relevant evidence and views on:

  • 17 December in London
  • 18 December in Glasgow

If you would like to take part in a workshop, please contact the committee’s Secretary by Thursday 11 December at the address under ‘Ways to respond’.

If you cannot attend a workshop, you can send a written response.


Published 8 December 2014
Last updated 5 March 2015 + show all updates
  1. Added link to outcome report.
  2. First published.