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How to NOT join up incapacity benefit with disability employment support

The government's disability employment support strategy is a sham The Work and Pensions Committee published its report on the future of welfare to work this week . Its key message is that the government must focus employment support on people with complex needs, in particular expanding provision for people with substantial disability . There is an obvious solution to the flaws identified in the design of the existing specialist disability employment scheme, Work Choice. And it is the same solution to some of the legendary flaws in the Work Capability Assessment, especially the problems with the WRAG, where people with severe ill health are put through a punishing back to work regime incapable of addressing their needs . Yet no one seems to have had the insight or will to name it. The Committee did at least partially acknowledge that the government’s specialist disability employment programme is a perverse contradiction: Work Choice is supposed to help those with