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Making benefits work for long term health conditions

Can you take this survey   to help design a better system for sickness, disability and work?    Forget lifting empty cardboard boxes or picking up pound coins from the floor. What are the real life factors that limit or prevent you working with a long term health condition? And what are the adjustments, or forms of support you would need to improve your chances of getting and holding down paid work? Do you need a compulsory course in motivation building, for example? Or do you need an understanding employer who can tailor a job description to your capabilities? An important consultation is taking place about the future of Employment Support Allowance (ESA) and the hated Work Capability Assessment (WCA) and your views are urgently needed to shape recommendations for what a better incapacity benefit and employment support should look like. Most politicians have accepted that the Work Capability Assessment must be replaced with something fairer and more accurate. And th

ESA WRAG Mythbuster

The Chancellor’s plans to cut the rate of benefits to people in the Work Related Activity Group (WRAG) of ESA by £30 a week is based on widespread myths and misinformation about people in this group. The assumption behind the plans is that people placed in the WRAG are nearly fit for work. The Work Capability Assessment is supposed to sort people who cannot be expected to work and are therefore placed in the Support Group where their benefits are unconditional, from those who have temporary or relatively minor health conditions or impairments and are therefore placed in the WRAG where their benefits are conditional upon preparing for a return to work. It’s time to dispel this myth and tell the truth about people in the WRAG. The discredited Work Capability Assessment is neither a rational nor a fair way of distinguishing those who could work from those who can’t. Here are 3 profiles of hypothetical claimants illustrating how their health or impairment would be asse