The Social Security (Terminal Illness) Bill – Legislation to implement a policy change to the life expectancy timeframe in the definition of “terminally ill” used to access certain social security benefits on a fast tracked basis - screening

Date published: 29 November 2021

Currently those with a terminal health condition where their life expectancy is 6 months or less can access fast tracked financial support in certain social security benefits- Attendance Allowance, Dusability Living Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Personal Independence Payment and Universal Credit.

In line with the Ministerial announcement the Bill will replace the life expectancy timeframe of 6 months with 12 months in the definition of terminally ill in the legislation governing the relevant social security benefits.



Exisiting/Revised/New: Revised
Date of Screening: 29/11/2021
Screening Outcome - Full EQIA recommended: No

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