The second of the Harrington Reviews of the Work Capability Assessment has been published.
The Work Capability Assessment is used to determine if someone is classed as sick and if so, which rate of benefit and support they will receive. It is applied to both new claims and also the 11,000 per week of claimants who are being reassessed under this system. Each year an independent report is published to monitor its effectiveness. Over 100 key organisations responded.
It found ‘… that the Work Capability Assessment is not working as well as it should. There are clear and consistent criticisms of the whole system and much negativity surrounding the process. There is strong evidence that the system can be impersonal and mecha-nistic, that the process lacks transparency and that a lack of communication be-tween the various parties involved contributes to poor decision making and a high rate of appeals.’    read report here>

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