Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Leading national charities press govt for immediate benefit assessment reform

Papworth Trust, 25/01/2011:

Papworth Trust is leading a coalition of national charities concerned that government reforms to the Work Capability Assessment, which examines people's fitness for employment, will cause further misery to Britain's most vulnerable people.

Charities are being overwhelmed by evidence showing the Assessment to be inaccurate. The government's independent review of the Assessment, published in November 2010, made recommendations for improvements which were widely commended by industry experts. However the government now plans to firstly implement recommendations from their October 2009 internal review, which charities believe will worsen the Assessment.

The October 2009 review was far less comprehensive than the independent one which followed. It did not include evidence from the high percentage of successful appeals which show the common failings of the Assessment. Read more>>

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