Learning Disability Today
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Government must look to reform work capability assessment

The Appeal Court’s decision last week to rule that the work capability assessment (WCA) for employment and support allowance (ESA) disadvantages people with mental ill health, learning disabilities and autism was met with a hearty ‘told you so’ by many in the sector. But that doesn’t mean the test is going to be reformed. The judgement said that the current system is unfair to people with mental ill health, learning disabilities or autism because supporting evidence from a professional such as a GP or social worker is expected to be provided by the claimant themselves. For these people, seeking evidence


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