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Concerns over handover as Atos pulls out of Work Capability Assessment contract

Angelo Evangelou

27 March 2014

Commenting on the early exit of Atos from Work Capability Assessment (WCA) contract, Jenny Gulliford, policy and research officer at The Work Foundation, said:

“This has several implications for the future of the WCA. It is imperative that the next provider is given sufficient time to implement a smooth hand-over. A poorly handled transfer could negatively impact both the effectiveness of the WCA and the individuals being assessed.

“While we believe that the WCA is based on sound intent and principles, it currently lacks public trust. The DWP should ensure that re-establishing it is a prominent feature of the contracting process in order to re-affirm the WCA’s role as a support-focused assessment of functional capacity, rather than its perception as an unsympathetic, quota-driven gateway to ESA. It is vital that individuals feel genuinely supported in their efforts to find employment suited to their capability rather than feeling punished for incapacity.”


Notes to editors

1. Jenny Gulliford, policy and research officer and Beth Foley, researcher are both available for interviews, briefings and written comment.
2. The Work Foundation aims to be the leading independent, international authority on work and its future, influencing policy and practice for the benefit of society. The Work Foundation is part of Lancaster University – an alliance that enables both organisations to further enhance their impact.

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