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Rebuilding public trust in the Work Capability Assessment is key to future effectiveness

Angelo Evangelou

03 April 2014

Commenting on its submission to the Work and Pensions Select Committee for their investigation of Employment Support Allowance (ESA) and Work Capability Assessments (WCA), Jenny Gulliford, policy and research officer, said:

“Whilst we believe that the WCA is based on sound intent and principles, it has also reached a point where public trust is at an unsustainable low. Although the recent Litchfield review addresses some of the key issues, work must begin as soon as possible to tackle the issues causing this lack of trust. It is vital that the WCA is perceived and experienced as a means of assessing functional capability, and not as a tool to move people off benefits.”




Notes to editors


  1. Jenny Gulliford, policy and research officer is available for interviews, briefings, analysis, and written comment.
  2. The Work and Pensions Select Committee has decided to undertake an inquiry into ESA and WCAs to follow-up its 2011 report.
  3. The Work Foundation’s submission is also available on our website.
  4. 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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