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Tuesday, 17th December 2013

UK: The People's Review of the Work Capability Assessment - Further Evidence

Source: Spartacus (UK)

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In November 2012 “The People's Review of the Work Capability Assessment” was published. It stated: “It is now widely accepted that the Work Capability Assessment is deeply flawed and is causing harm to many vulnerable people. Countless articles and reports have been written, statistics quoted, consultations, debates and discussions held, all to no avail. The WCA continues. The People's Review is presented in order to show the reality of going through the Work Capability Assessment for those who are living with sickness and disability every day.”

The People’s Review included the experiences of people who had been wrongly assessed, humiliated, badly treated and forced to go to tribunal to secure the benefits to which they are entitled by law, as well as press reports of some of the people who had died after being found fit for work, or whose suicide had been linked, at least in part, to the stress of a process which is essentially abusive, demeaning and not fit for purpose.

This is the second People's Review of the Work Capability Assessment. It highlights the continuing failures of the WCA and the Employment & Support Allowance system, a system which is supposed to support people who are too sick or disabled to work.

+ Direct link to Review (PDF; 2 MB)


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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

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