Published on 30/07/2012
People who are unable to work because of illness or disability are being refused their benefits because the current assessment is inadequate, says a government minister.
During an investigation into the current assessment system by the BBC’s Panorama programme, the government appointed minister for testing welfare claimants said that the work fitness test is ‘patchy’. Minister Professor Malcolm Harrington said:
"There are certainly areas where it's still not working and I am sorry there are people going through a system which I think still needs improvement.”
Employment and Support Allowance provides financial help to people who are unable to work because of illness or disability, and involves a medical assessment called the Work Capability Assessment. This assesses what you can do, rather than what you cannot, and identifies the health-related support you might need.
The 13 week assessment process is run by Atos Healthcare on behalf of the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP). According to the BBC Panorama programme, which airs tonight, two and a half million people in the UK take the test because they are too ill to work.
Minister for Employment Chris Grayling. "The reason why we reassess people who are on sickness benefits is that all the evidence is that a substantial proportion can return to some form of work."
Many people find that ESA does not provide enough of an income to maintain their current lifestyle. Taking out income protection insurance is one way that UK workers can financially protect themselves against redundancy, sickness or accidental injury.
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