Work capability test changes ‘could cost some claimants £400 a month’

News / Wed 6th Sep 2023 at 01:31pm

PROPOSED welfare changes that the government says will help disabled people benefit from the chance to work from home could lead to many losing out on almost £400 a month in support, campaigners say reports The Guardian.

The work and pensions secretary, Mel Stride, announced a consultation on changes to the work capability assessment on Tuesday, saying it was aimed at ensuring “no one who can work is permanently written out of this country’s strong labour market story”.

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3 Comments for Work capability test changes ‘could cost some claimants £400 a month’:

2023-09-06 23:34:27

A favourite ploy if successive Tory governments. Go for those who are genuinely ill or disabled. Why has Nardine Dorries, who hasn't done a stroke of work in Parliament for over a year, continued to be paid her fat MPs salary and use the massive expenses allowances to pay members of her family to run her office?

David Forman
2023-09-08 09:09:04

I forgot to mention that the Department for Work and Pensions as well as their contractors are not that diligent when it comes to benefit appeals. I represented a friend at a First Tier Tribunal appeal and the DWP doctor made a diabolical error on a key piece of information. We won the appeal.

David Forman
2023-09-08 09:26:40

The stress of the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) and the high rate of successful appeals shows the system is broken. Parliament's Work and Pensions Committee heard evidence this year from Professor Ben Barr regarding a 2015 study into a large number of WCAs for a move onto ESA benefit. He said: "We found a very strong association between those places where more people had been through the process, and a rise in mental health problems and suicides. We estimated that during that period, across England, the process had led to an additional 600 suicides, 300,000 additional cases of mental health problems and a large rise in the prescribing of antidepressants". See page 23 of https://committees.parliament.uk/publications/34727/documents/191178/default/

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