Work Capability Assessment – 2nd review by Prof Harrington

Received from Prof Malcolm Harrington – please share with anyone you think will find this of interest.

Dear all,

As you may know, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions has asked me to undertake a second independent review of the Work Capability Assessment (WCA). This is an important part of the Employment and Support Allowance claim process, designed to determine which claimants are capable of undertaking work, or work-related activity.

As part of this process, I have today (14th July 2011) launched a call for evidence to gather information from a wide variety of stakeholders on the WCA. I strongly invite you to contribute to the call for evidence by submitting evidence relevant to the questions asked in the document.

The call for evidence and can be found at: http://www.dwp.gov.uk/consultations/2011/wca-call-for-evidence.shtml.

This e-mail is being sent to a large number of people and organisations who have already been involved in this work or who have expressed an interest. Please do share this e-mail with, or tell us about, anyone you think will want to be involved in this consultation.

I apologise if this means you receive this message more than once, but stakeholder views really are important to the process. The closing date for the call for evidence is 16 September 2011 – please send your responses to wca.evidence@dwp.gsi.gov.uk  (or hard copies to:

WCA Independent Review Team, Floor 2, Section B, Caxton House, Tothill Street, London, SW1H 9NA) by then.

Kind regards,

Prof. Malcolm Harrington CBE

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2 Responses to “Work Capability Assessment – 2nd review by Prof Harrington”

  1. Elizabeth Rayner Says:

    Current assessment makes no allowance for variable conditions such as Ankylosing Spondylitis or the effect of strong medications.

    Whilst I am able to make myself a cup of coffee and do basic housework in the afternoon, it takes me several hours to get to that level and by evening I’d be fatigued and in a great deal of pain. Current assessments make no allowance for this type of physical disability.

    Also, when conditions such as this flare up, people are heavily medicated and this turns them into a zombie like state and unable to focus on the most basic of tasks.

  2. victimsofatoscorruption Says:

    The whole review is a complete fraud, Prof Harrington’s last review did nothing to help those being interrogated by Atos and the DWP.

    This latest call for evidence is also just a ploy to put down the indians who are rebelling, it means nothing and will achieve nowt for claimants.

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