Work Capability Assessment consultation launched

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There are not the jobs out there all of this is wrong how is a person with a learning disability and a mental health condition expected to go into work every day and hold down a job they would need ...


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The Work, Health and Disability green paper highlights how earlier treatment can help people stay in work

The government has launched a consultation on reforming the Work Capability Assessment, with the aim of helping those on disability benefits into work.

The Work, Health and Disability green paper highlights how earlier treatment for mental and physical conditions can help people to stay in work. It may involve more phased returns to work for people who have been signed off sick.

Work and pensions secretary Damian Green told BBC Radio 4's Today programme about the proposed changes. “The great mindset change I want to achieve is the acceptance that a good job is good for your health,” he said. “The idea that sitting at home living on benefits is in any way good for people, particularly people with a mental health condition, is completely wrong.

“We want [businesses] to realise that there's a huge pool of talented people who are disabled and want to work and can contribute fully in the workplace. We've got historically high employment levels. We want to spread that so everyone can enjoy the revolution that we have seen in job creation in the last few years."

Mark Atkinson, chief executive at disability charity Scope, welcomed the consultation.

“The government is right to consult on the Work Capability Assessment as the current system clearly isn’t working for disabled people,” he said. “All disabled people should be able to access expert tailored employment support, and the government should work with employers to create flexible modern workplaces.

“If the government is serious about meeting its commitment to halving the disability employment gap it must listen to the concerns of disabled people and deliver a system that truly works for people who want to work.”

He explained that the test itself can often stand in the way of finding work. “Disabled people tell us repeatedly that the test causes them unnecessary stress and anxiety and makes finding work tougher than it needs to be,” he said. “At the same time, nearly 40% of young disabled people tell us that they don’t have the information they need to find work.”

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There are not the jobs out there all of this is wrong how is a person with a learning disability and a mental health condition expected to go into work every day and hold down a job they would need support and help in a workplace they would lose there entitement to benefit and have no money this would cause more deaths from people losing there benefits this should be against disabled peoples humans rights not all disabled people are gonna be able to work this is because the people will be too poorly


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Rebecca, I totally agree. But this is not about getting disabled people into real work where they are able to pay for themselves, it is about the Metrics of those in work and out of Work and the Disabled community are made out as the scapegoats of British Politicians. Only today the Government have announced 2000 more Prison Staff (no doubt all agency people). How many more Carers are they providing for the Old & disabled? None. It costs much more per person to keep someone in Prison, when they have done something wrong than it does to care for people who through no faulty of theirs are disabled. I know as I have a son of 33 who has multiple Physical Disabilities and due to one of them also a Learning Disability. The fact that benefits are removed when some works more than 16 hours, is ridiculous. It should be income assessed and one should not loose out on benefits more than one is bringing in in earnings, in fact I would go as far to say that one should not loose out unless one is bringing in 140% of what they are loosing in benefits, that way there is a true motivation to work. however what employer will also allow the amount of days my son needs to attend London hospitals because the local ones do not offer the correct or an adequate service.


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