Tag Archives: Work Capability Assessment

Ministers set to force work-related activity on everyone in ESA support group 

Disability news service blog post by John Pring, 3 November 2016:  Ministers set to force work-related activity on everyone in ESA support group  The Department for Work and Pensions is considering forcing all sick and disabled people on out-of-work disability … Continue reading

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Work capability assessment overhaul planned for disabled

BBC news article, 30 October 2016: Work capability assessment overhaul for disabled The scheme that assesses claimants of disability benefits faces a major overhaul, following claims by a charity that it is “fundamentally flawed”. A consultation on reforming the Work … Continue reading

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Dramatic fall in numbers placed in ESA support group

Disability UK blog post, 26 September 2016: Dramatic fall in numbers placed in ESA support group Disabled people placed in the support group following a new ESA claim fell by 42% in the three months up to March 2016, according … Continue reading

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WCA tests “significantly” biased against poorer disabled people

Disability Rights UK blog post, 10 August 2016: WCA tests “significantly” biased against poorer disabled people ESA work capability assessment (WCA) tests are “significantly biased” against claimants in poor areas of the country, according to new research. The Guardian today … Continue reading

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Revised Welfare Capabilities Assessment Handbook

A new edition of the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) handbook has been published on 6 July 2016 by the UK  Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). This guidance is for healthcare professionals approved or appointed by the Department for Work and … Continue reading

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DWP fit-to-work assessments cost more money than they save

Independent article: DWP fit-to-work assessments cost more money than they save, report reveals, by Oliver Wright, Political Editor,  8 January 2016 Government will pay £1.6bn in next three years to private contractors who carry out controversial assessments. The Government is … Continue reading

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590 suicides in England linked to ‘fitness for work test’ (WCA)

Damning’ research on WCA deaths is ‘timely’ reminder of government’s shame, by John Pring, November 20, 2015 in Disability news service Disabled activists say government-funded research, which concludes that the programme to reassess people on incapacity benefit through the work … Continue reading

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New DWP guidance on ME for Work Capability Assessments

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has updated its advice on CFS/ME for healthcare professionals carrying out Work Capability Assessments (WCAs). Action for ME, Forward ME, the APPG on ME, Dr Alastair Miller and Prof Julia Newton contributed to the improved … Continue reading

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UK key sickness benefit failing

The BBC reports that ESA sickness benefit is ‘failing’ according to government documents.   The key sickness benefit is helping fewer people get jobs, while its rising cost is a big financial risk for the UK, internal government memos say.   … Continue reading

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50% of GPs charge for evidence to support Sickness Benefit Appeals

The Welfare News Service reports that: Half of GP surgeries are charging sick and disabled benefit claimants who request medical evidence to support a benefit appeal, a survey by the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) has found. The CAB say that … Continue reading

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