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Work capability assessment ‘damages health’, claims new research

The vast majority of people who have been through the work capability assessment (WCA) for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) say the process damaged their health, according to new research. Assessing the Assessors, an independent evaluation of the WCA, published by The Centre for Welfare Reform, in association with the Campaign for a Fair Society and New Approach, found that 95% of those who responded to an online questionnaire said the assessment damaged their health, with 29% saying it affected them severely. The WCA is the process by which people are determined to be fit for work – and eligible


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