High Court grants permission for WCA judicial review
Posted Thursday 26 July 2012
Mind has welcomed today’s news that the High Court has granted permission to two people with mental health problems to bring a claim for judicial review against the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, challenging the operation of the Work Capability Assessment (WCA).
The claimants are being represented by the Public Law Project, which has issued this press release.
Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of Mind, said:
We feel that aspects of the WCA claims process discriminate against people with mental health problems and we’re pleased to see that this will be subject to legal scrutiny. We need to read the judgment fully and digest it but we welcome the news that this review will thoroughly consider and test the system’s lawfulness under the Equality Act.
Every day we hear from people whose mental health has suffered as a result of the stress and anxiety caused by the WCA and we have repeatedly been clear about our opinion that the process is flawed and needs meaningful review.