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Lost or altered consciousness – an update

Lost or altered consciousness – an update Purpose – This paper aims to update the recent two‐part review of UK Incapacity Benefit and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) as they affect claimants suffering from impairments of consciousness. Design/methodology/approach – The paper reviews the changes in legislation and recent opinions and rulings of Upper Tribunal judges. Findings – Altered as well as totally lost consciousness must be considered in legislation. The yardstick is significant loss of awareness or concentration. If alcohol dependence has been diagnosed as an underlying cause then only the effects rather than the mechanism need be considered. Originality/value – Claimants, advocates and decision makers should use these criteria when applying for, or granting, benefit on these grounds. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Social Care and Neurodisability Emerald Publishing

Lost or altered consciousness – an update

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2012 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
2042-0919
DOI
10.1108/20420911211240911
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Abstract

Purpose – This paper aims to update the recent two‐part review of UK Incapacity Benefit and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) as they affect claimants suffering from impairments of consciousness. Design/methodology/approach – The paper reviews the changes in legislation and recent opinions and rulings of Upper Tribunal judges. Findings – Altered as well as totally lost consciousness must be considered in legislation. The yardstick is significant loss of awareness or concentration. If alcohol dependence has been diagnosed as an underlying cause then only the effects rather than the mechanism need be considered. Originality/value – Claimants, advocates and decision makers should use these criteria when applying for, or granting, benefit on these grounds.

Journal

Social Care and NeurodisabilityEmerald Publishing

Published: May 11, 2012

Keywords: Benefits; Consciousness; Alcohol dependence; Alcoholism; Social benefits; United Kingdom

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