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Employment Entrance to DWP's Caxton House HQ

The government must work closely with disabled people and user-led organisations to rebuild trust damaged by the flawed work capability assessment (WCA) if it wants to improve its failing welfare-to-work programmes, according to a new report. The report by The Work Foundation, part of Lancaster University, calls for an overhaul of the employment support
Employment Outside view of the Houses of Parliament

A disabled researcher and campaigner has criticised a new report by a cross-party committee of MPs for failing to acknowledge fully the “perverse contradiction” at the heart of the government’s specialist employment programme. Catherine Hale, who wrote a well-received review on the failure of the employment and support allowance (ESA) system to increase the number of
Benefits and Poverty Debbie Abrahams head and shoulders

Companies delivering the government’s Work Programme appear to have ignored rules that protect disabled people from serious harm, forcing the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to publish new guidance on its benefit sanctions regime. DWP has accused providers of an “inconsistent approach” to ensuring the safety of “vulnerable” people who breach strict rules