A better work capability assessment is possible

Demos is excited to announce the launch of a new report from academic Ben Baumberg Geiger and Demos think tank, which sets out a clear vision for how a better Work Capability Assessment (WCA) is possible.

The report shows that while many members of the British public are concerned about ‘undeserving’ people claiming incapacity benefits – many are also concerned that ‘genuinely’ disabled people are being unfairly denied them. More people surveyed said they knew a deserving claimant who has struggled to get benefits than a claimant who is not genuinely disabled (28 per cent vs 19 per cent). And even more of the public thought it was important to support genuine claimants than to root out fraud (45 per cent vs 22 per cent).

The survey conducted for the research also found that while a majority of citizens think that disabled people’s benefits should be cut if they do not take a job they can do, they are less supportive of sanctioning for minor non-compliance, such as sometimes turning up late for meetings. What’s more, even those who do support sanctions prefer much weaker sanctions than those the Government presently uses.

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