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.
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.
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.
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.