They include the following:
The new assessment test would include a detailed analysis by a human, including what actual jobs a person could carry out
[Present System: A computer tell people what questions to ask, and the answers get awarded points, and makes no reference to jobs available in the real world ]
• Under Labour, disabled people would receive a copy of the assessor’s report of how their health condition may affect their ability to work, and information about the support available in their local area to help them.
[Not all that different from the Work focused interviews currently in place]
• Sick and disabled people will have a central role in monitoring the way the assessment tests are run, giving them a statutory role in monitoring the operation of the tests and drawing up suggestions for improvements.
[Lots of suggestions for improvements have been made under the coalition government, the key in both cases is whether improvements will be made]
• Contracts to run the work capability assessments would be performance related – ie if a lot of decisions are overturned at tribunal, the company carrying out the assessments will be penalised.
[At the moment, we have companies like ~ATOS giving up their contracts, while the ‘Government has been awarding them further contracts]