Browsing: work capability assessment

Benefits and Poverty A wheelchair-user sits in front of a stage, while the grass is covered by white flowers

After 21 months of smokescreens excuses, obstruction and secrecy, work and pensions ministers have finally been forced to publish some of the conclusions reached by their own civil servants about the mistakes that led to 49 benefit claimants losing their lives. Predictably, when the department finally posted 49 heavily-redacted documents online – and also
Benefits and Poverty Rick Burgess, seated, in conversation

Disabled activists say government-funded research, which concludes that the programme to reassess people on incapacity benefit through the work capability assessment (WCA) was linked to 590 suicides in just three years, is both “damning” and “timely”. Campaigners, doctors and psychiatrists have been warning for several years of strong anecdotal evidence that the programme to