Learning Disability Today
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Litchfield recommends Work Capability Assessment remains in place

The Work Capability Assessment (WCA) for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) should be allowed to continue because it has been modified as much as it can, and there is no replacement for it in the offing, an official review has concluded. This will come as a disappointment to learning disability charity Mencap and autism charity the National Autistic Society (NAS), which have both called for the WCA to be scrapped. The fifth annual independent review of the WCA, conducted by Dr Paul Litchfield, also noted that while there have been some undoubted improvements, there remains an overwhelming negative perception of


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