By Emily Thornberry and Debbie Abrahams
It ought to be one of the most fundamental principles of our welfare system that nobody with a health condition or disability which makes it harder for them to work should be forced to take a job before they are ready.
Judging who is ready for work and who isn’t has never been an easy distinction, but the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) – the government’s means of making the decision – is fundamentally broken.
A new report published this week, linking as many as 600 suicides to the assessment process, offered proof that the process is not just flawed, but fatally so. Even for those not affected in so extreme and tragic a way, problems with the WCA have had ripple effects which are being felt throughout the entire system of back-to-work support.
As the DWP’s most recent figures show, more than half of the cases where someone appealed against a decision judging them “fit for work” have resulted in the original decision being overturned. If any otherRead More »from Back to work support has failed the people who need it most