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“Lost and altered consciousness” – a headache for many

Paul Sandford (Solicitor and Deputy District Judge in the Social Security and Child Support Tribunal, London, UK)
Ed Cooper (Medical Member in the Social Security and Child Support Tribunal, London, UK)
Jim Shepherd (Barrister in Doughty Street Chambers, London, UK)

Social Care and Neurodisability

ISSN: 2042-0919

Article publication date: 15 August 2011

Abstract

Purpose

This is the second instalment of a two‐part paper that aims to consider the assessment criteria for incapacity benefit (IB) and employment and support allowance (ESA) and to analyse how this benefit applies to claimants who are unable to work because they experience episodes of lost or altered consciousness.

Design/methodology/approach

In the first part of the paper, which featured in Social Care and Neurodisability, Vol. 2 No. 1, the authors considered the legal meaning of lost or altered consciousness and explained how the IB/ESA appraisal and appeals system operates. This second instalment gives practical guidance to advisers who are assisting their clients in applying for ESA and appealing negative decisions to the tribunal (given its ever increasing importance, this paper focuses on ESA; however, the same considerations apply to IB cases).

Findings

The paper highlights the complexities and limitations of the benefit system for those suffering with lost and altered consciousness.

Practical implications

Advisers need to think laterally when assisting their clients.

Originality/value

The paper should provide a useful reference point for advisers.

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Citation

Sandford, P., Cooper, E. and Shepherd, J. (2011), "“Lost and altered consciousness” – a headache for many", Social Care and Neurodisability, Vol. 2 No. 3, pp. 158-163. https://doi.org/10.1108/20420911111172747

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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