Work Capability Assessment

I, Daniel Blake and the Work Capability Assessment

Chris Ball | Posted 09.11.2016 | UK Politics
Chris Ball

The reviews of I, Daniel Blake, have already made Director Ken Loach's case for an Oscar, but if such a thing existed, the film would merit an award for critically explaining an aspect of public policy - in this case, the UK's welfare to work system. While Loach's insight into the condition of the poor in twenty-first century Britain speaks for itself, the policy background is less familiar.

Why Disabled People Should Support Jeremy Corbyn

Linda Laurie | Posted 28.09.2016 | UK Politics
Linda Laurie

We look forward to working with Jeremy to ensure that the Labour Party is a welcoming place where Disabled People can get involved in political activity and influence the Labour Party's policies, ensuring that they are underpinned by the social model of disability.

When It Comes to Mental Health, We're Moving Backwards

Kate Milner | Posted 29.01.2017 | UK Politics
Kate Milner

Yes, it's true. All the progress we've made on the image of mental health is being slowly unpicked and undone. We seem to be sliding back towards an antiquated view of the mentally ill as being lazy, scroungers and fakers, an image they've worked so hard to shake off.

Almost 600 Suicides Could Be Related To DWP Work Assessments, Claims New Research

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 31.07.2017 | UK Politics

Almost 600 “additional” suicides could be related to the Government’s Work Capability Assessments, according to research published today. A s...

What's Wrong With the Welfare Reform Bill

Steve Ford | Posted 10.09.2016 | UK Politics
Steve Ford

'How long are you likely to have Parkinson's then?' Philip would have been pretty surprised if a friend in the pub asked him when he'd recover from ...

Successful 'Fit For Work' Appeals At Highest Ever Rate, New DWP Figures Show

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 10.09.2015 | UK Politics

The share of Fit for Work decisions being overturned on appeal is at its highest ever level, figures released by the Department of Work and Pensions (...

Jobseeker Sanctions: Necessary Tool to Push the Workshy Into Employment or Heartless Mechanism to Lower the Benefit Bill?

Kirsty McHugh | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK Politics
Kirsty McHugh

It seems that politicians are wedded to imposing conditions in return for benefits and that sanctions will remain part of that regime. However, employment support providers know that you achieve most with jobseekers when the relationship is positive, providers are trusted and jobseekers want to work.

Atos Declared Unfit For Work

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Comedy

Atos Healthcare has been declared unfit for work by the Department for Work and Pensions. The decision followed months of assessments, during which...

George Osborne Plans Another £25billion in Cuts, and Wants to Take Around Half of It From Welfare

Lisa Egan | Posted 09.03.2014 | UK Politics
Lisa Egan

So I'd like to introduce Mr Osborne to few people: Shaun Pilkington shot himself after his Employment and Support Allowance was stopped. Tim Salter ...

MPs Undergo Work Capability Assessments

Alan Cairns | Posted 12.11.2013 | UK Politics
Alan Cairns

Mental health charity Rethink challenged MPs to undergo mock Work Capability Assessments (WCA) on Wednesday, dubbed MP Capability Assessments (MPCA). The charity claims the real-life assessments, which determine whether or not someone continues to receive Employment and Support Allowance, are unfair to people with mental health problems.

Why I'm Challenging MPs to Take a Fit-For-Work Test

Paul I. Jenkins | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK Politics
Paul I. Jenkins

Over a thousand people have written to their MP, asking them to attend an 'MP Capability Assessment' based loosely on the controversial Work Capability Assessment, which is currently being used to decide whether tens of thousands of people with long-term illnesses and disabilities should receive benefits.

Fit For Work?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK

People with crippling illnesses like cystic fibrosis and multiple sclerosis are being found fit for work in tests branded "farcical" by charities. ...

Victory for Welfare Campaigners Is a Step in the Right Direction

Paul Farmer | Posted 22.07.2013 | UK
Paul Farmer

Mind, together with the charities National Autistic Society and Rethink Mental Illness, took the decision to intervene in a legal case involving two people with mental health problems who felt that the WCA didn't take sufficient account of their needs. We thought it was vital to intervene to communicate the experiences of the thousands of people who get in touch with us and help the court come to the right conclusion.

878,300 Aren't Cheating the System

Stef Benstead | Posted 06.06.2013 | UK Politics
Stef Benstead

The government's line - repeated several times - is that these claims were fraudulent or cheats. Without directly saying so, Grayling implied in 2011 that because "the vast majority of new claimants for sickness benefits are in fact able to return to work", it is right to assume that many current Incapacity Benefit claimants are able to work - interpretation, many are cheats, frauds or otherwise manipulating the system.

Scottish Doctors Slam Atos

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 16.03.2013 | UK

Scottish doctors have slammed controversial French firm Atos over the 'fit to work' tests they carry out for the Department of Work and Pensions, with...

The Government's Work Programme Needs Some Work

Dame Anne Begg | Posted 06.04.2013 | UK Politics
Dame Anne Begg

It is not often that I am left speechless, but I when the producers of a BBC Panorama programme invited me in to view some of the footage they had shot of people's experience of the government's Work Programme I was left stunned and shocked.

The Government's Work Capability Test Is Truly Shocking

Helen Goodman | Posted 01.04.2013 | UK Politics
Helen Goodman

This government seem hell bent on bringing back Victorian levels of poverty and misery to the poor, whilst at the same time giving a tax cut to the wealthy.

Atos Under Fire After Disabled Man Abandoned During Fire Alarm

Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.12.2012 | UK

A disabled man has described his distress after being left stranded inside an Atos centre when the fire alarm went off. Geoff Meeghan, 32, suffers ...

Felicity A Morse

'Dark Days Are Coming' When Disability Living Allowance Changes | Felicity A Morse | Posted 22.10.2012 | UK

Disabled people insist the Disability Living Allowance is a “lifeline” and impending changes to the benefit are a “huge worry” after a report ...

Epileptic Man Dies After Being Found 'Fit For Work'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.11.2012 | UK

The parents of a man who suffered from epilepsy and died after being stripped of his benefits have blamed his death on the stress of being found 'fit ...

Atos 'Makes Benefits Error' On One In Five Assessments

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 22.09.2012 | UK

One in five recommendations by the Atos IT firm that suggest benefit recipients are "fit for work" are overturned at appeal. Of the claimants which...