Apr 042017

‘The Work Capability Assessment’ is a 30 minute presentation about the WCA, released by DPAC.

The Work Capability Assessment (WCA) is the primary assessment for Employment and Support Allowance, the main social security payment for disabled people and those with a long term health condition. In this documentary advocates, lawyers and claimants outline the fundamental problems with the WCA, and the adverse effects it can have on claimants. They show how the WCA not only fails disabled people, but fails on the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) terms; it can worsen people’s health and does not help them return to work. The WCA is carried out by private companies (initially Atos now Maximus). Although some assessments can be carried out smoothly and professionally, others are in buildings that do not have disabled access, require people in pain to sit for hours on hard chairs, and are carried out by assessors who can be rude, and even cruel.

We would like to thank everyone who volunteered their time to talk about the WCA. Some people have requested anonymity, therefore we have either a) used their voice only or b) got actors to record what they said (a lot of claimants are scared of the DWP).

It can be viewed on youtube:

and is available for viewing and download on Vimeo

The Work Capability Assessment from DPAC on Vimeo.


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  4 Responses to “Documentary on WCA”

  1. My son had his ESA stopped in March after a WCA assessor at Maximus gave him 0 points and told him to get a wheelchair. It’s now October and we still haven’t got a date for an appeal hearing. Any chance of a class action against this shower?

  2. Hi there I’ve been waiting for a my ESA Mandatory since the 17th of Feb they sent me a letter to tell me they are looking into it this was last week and was wondering if I should also consider the PIP

  3. After reading your page , what do you actually do to help disabled people on ESA , or do you just highlight the problems .

    • Amongst other things:

      1) Called in the UN, resulting in the resignations of David Freud and IDS (Freud resigned 24 days after their report was published, and IDS resigned after the government was shown an early draft)
      2) Hold regular protests
      3) Spearhead legal challenges (we are arranging a challenge regarding the £30 a week cut for people in the WRAG).
      4) lobby MPs and peers

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