November 23, 2010
Read the Harrington Report and it s summary –
Here is the Conclusion –
1. The Work Capability Assessment (WCA) was designed to be an evidence based process to review an individual’s capacity for work and it built on previous assessments of this kind. It is a new procedure and the relevant legislation specified the need for an Independent Review of its fairness and effectiveness in the first five years of its operation.
2. This first review has examined the whole process from the claimant’s initial contact with Jobcentre Plus through to the final assessment, with or without the involvement of the First-tier Tribunal.
3. There is incontrovertible evidence that work is good for you. The benefits of work greatly outweigh the risks that some occupations carry, whilst the appalling harm that worklessness can inflict on an individual and their family is equally well
4. Too many people in this country have been assigned to incapacity benefits and abandoned. There is an urgent need to review whether these individuals could
work and, if so, what help they would need to be re-introduced into the world of work. For the future, we need to ensure that nobody is left unnoticed in the world of worklessness.
5. The WCA attempts to address these vital issues of modern society. The Review has found that it is not working as well as it should be but with modifications at all stages of the assessment, it would become a more humane process seen by claimants to be fair, effective, efficient and, most of all, as a positive step in bringing these claimants back as active members of society.
6. At the same time, those who cannot work through ill-health or disability must receive the full support that a caring, civilised community should provide. The end result should be a more productive, healthier and happier nation providing for its own needs, whilst ensuring support for those who cannot participate in gainful employment.
And this article about it on BBC News Politics –
(from the No to Welfare Abolition group)