Changes to terminal illness rules

Catching up on this story

The announcement appears to say that any change from six months to twelve months will initially only apply to UC and ESA with changes to AA, DLA and PIP to follow later when parliamentary time allows. I know we will have to wait for the detail but, apart from the fact that it will be confusing, having two different time periods seems impractical if medical staff are still expected to write DS1500s to evidence terminal illness.

Not clear why parliamentary time should be an issue as this seems a very simply change.

Will also be interesting to see if the legislative definition of “death can reasonably be expected within 6 months” is amended to match the DS1500 guidance of ‘“would not be surprised if your patient were to die within’”.

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