A points system won’t show if disabled people are fit for work

The government’s rhetoric is colliding with the realities of disabled people’s lives.

By Ruth Scott

The Department of Work and Pensions is in the process of radically changing disability benefits, while incapacity benefit (IB) is about to be transformed into something quite different.

Starting last week 1.5 million IB claimants will have to go through an assessment to determine if they are fit for work. Having just finished trails in Burnley and Aberdeen, the work capability assessment (WCA) will be rolled out nationally. The test will put people either on to jobseekers’ allowance (if they’re fit for work); employment and support allowance (ESA) work-related activity group (if they need support to prepare for work and need continued support in the workplace) or ESA support group (if their impairment prevents them from working).

Ruth Scott is the director of policy and campaigns at Scope.

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