ESA wording change on 16 hour rule

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Dear DWP. Thanks for responding to me. Not all my questions were answered and secondly I do not understand the answers you gave which do not relate to the question I asked about word changes on ESA benefit. Word change on ESA is not publicly available . The question again is when did the words change on ESA hours in order to claim benefit and how were claimants informed? When did it change from 'Up to 16 hours' or less to 'less than 16 hours' ?

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R Brocklehurst

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,
Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Ref: FOI/2023/69201

Dear DWP. Apparently you asked for clarification but I have received no further letter eeking that clarification.

Thanks for responding to me initially but it wss about Jobseekers Allowance that you wrote and I was seeking information regarding whether or not wording had changed so that there was confusion on claiming ESA (perhaps when renewing that claim). Secondly not all my original questions were answered and thirdly as indicated, I do not understand the answers you gave which do not relate to the question I asked about word changes on ESA benefit.
Word change on ESA is not ' publicly available' at all -at least not in any easily found manner. I can't find anything on word change on it.

The question again is when did the words change on ESA hours in order to claim benefit and how were claimants informed? Specifically - when did it change from 'Up to 16 hours' or less to 'less than 16 hours' ?#People interpret meaning differently and this can cause people who are making a justifiable claim or a continuing claim but renewing, to lose the benefit causing extreme hardship as in the recent case reported in the Guardian of a single mother of children who also lost housing benefit because she had put 16 hours instead of below 16 hours of part time working which was what she actually worked.

Thank you
Yours faithfully

Rosie Brocklehurst

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