Letter to ESA claimants about mandatory Health and Work Conversation

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

A link has been posted to a series of slides (rightsnet) about the HWC:

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/s...

One of the slides includes the following:

"Once Claim is live:

Claimant contacted by the local Jobcentre by telephone to invite them to the HWC. The call will be followed up with a letter confirming the appointment, explaining what the HWC is, and that attendance is mandatory.

A sanction will be applied for failure to attend or participate in the HWC without good cause. This means a claimant’s ESA payment will be reduced."

1. Please send me a copy of the letter used that states that the appointment is mandatory.

2. Please send me a copy of the letter used to invite claimants in Scotland to the HWC, if different.

Yours faithfully,

J Roberts

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