Rethinking the work capability assessment

Document type
Report
Author(s)
Baumberg Geiger, Ben; Wood, Claudia
Publisher
Demos
Date of publication
13 March 2015
Subject(s)
Disabled people, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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This report is part of a wider three-year research project looking at how non-medical factors are tangled up in the real world of incapacity. The project has four strands of work:

  • international comparisons of how incapacity assessment works in other countries
  • perceived legitimacy: a new survey and series of deliberative workshops to look at what people think a fair test looks like
  • better data so that we get figures we can trust about the employment rate of disabled people across time and place
  • unequal incapacity: new research into how non-medical factors in incapacity actually work in practice

It concludes with a series of recommendations for how the new government in May 2015 can take the steps towards a new incapacity assessment. According to the report, this should be based on a real-world idea of incapacity, not for political reasons, but because it better reflects everyday realities.

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