Independent review of the Work Capability Assessment - our evidence

Post date: 
Thursday, 7 November 2013
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RNIB has submitted evidence to the 4th annual independent review of the Work Capability Assessment (WCA).

This year the Government appointed Dr Paul Litchfield to take over the reviews from Professor Harrington, giving us fresh opportunity to influence for sight loss to be seen as a priority area for reform within the WCA.

What are we calling for?

We are calling on the Government to make the WCA fairer and more effective, believing that there is a need for a full review of how blind and partially sighted people are assessed. This would mean:
  • An adaption of the descriptors used in the test to reflect the needs of blind and partially sighted people.
  • If the descriptors cannot be adapted then new sensory descriptors for the WCA, such as ones which assess ability to locate and find objects and awareness of the environment, including hazards
  • Improved guidelines for Health Care Professionals carrying out the assessment
  • Recognition of specific workplace barriers for blind and partially sighted people
Download RNIB's WCA review submission (Word, 115 KB)