Improving the Work Capability Assessment

If you don’t feel you are able to work because of a mental health problem, the WCA decides what type of support you will get.

You told us too many of you are receiving poor and inaccurate assessments. This is having a negative impact on your health and also means you don’t get the right kind of support. Whilst there have been some improvements, there continue to be problems faced by many.

We are campaigning to improve the new benefit and to ensure that it is as fair and effective as possible for you.

 

Our campaigning work

You told us too many of you were (and still are) receiving poor and inaccurate assessments. This is having a negative impact on your health and also means your don’t get the right kind of support. Over the past 5 years we have supported a court case against the assessment, been heavily involved with five Independent Reviews into the Assessment, ran campaigns with our colleagues at Rethink Mental Illness and the National Autistic Society.

Some of our work on this issue includes:

  • In our report, 'We've got work to do', we called for the Work Capability Assessment to be redesigned so that it better understands the barriers to work that people with mental health problems face, and what support they would need to overcome them.
  • Information on the Judicial Review we intervened on.
  • Our joint response to the 5th Independent Review of the WCA (2014). We also organised opportunities for the Independent Review author Dr Litchfield to meet with local Mind service users. How to improve the WCA for people with mental health problems was a key part of the Independent Review and we continue to put pressure on the Government and providers to implement the report’s recommendations.
  • We have been working closely with the Disability Benefits Consortium to produce a 'Framework for a new employment support and benefits gateway assessment' - this will be published soon. 
  • We gave evidence to a group of MPs about the WCA in 2015. 

 

But I'm here for mental health

Tyenside Mind have produced a powerful film about the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) in collaboration with the people they support.

Watch the film here, and then share it with family and friends. We need as many people as possible to see this film, particularly those who may not be familiar with this difficult process, so that we can increase the pressure for change.

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