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The People's Review of the Work Capability Assessment

Author: Anonymous

This report was written in response to the introduction in 2008 of the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) which assesses an individual’s entitlement to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), a benefit that provides support to people who are unable to work due to disability or ill-health. 

Between October 2010 and March 2014 people who qualify for incapacity benefit are being reassessed under the Work Capability Assessment in order to move them onto ESA. The assessments are being carried out by a French company, Atos Healthcare.

"In reading this report we ask you to judge for yourself whether the recommendations are working and whether the government is truly upholding its duty to 'provide financial and other support for people of working age who are unable to earn a living for themselves'.”


The second review of 'further evidence' is available to read here.


The publisher is We are Spartacus.

The People's Review of the Work Capability Assessment © wearespartacus.org.uk 2012.

All Rights Reserved. No part of this paper may be reproduced in any form without permission from the publisher except for the quotation of brief passages in reviews.

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