North East campaigners warn MPs over ‘fit for work’ test

Post date: 
Tuesday, 13 May 2014
Category: 
Campaigning
Campaigners from the North East spoke out about their negative experiences of the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) at a Work and Pensions Select Committee Meeting in Newcastle on 13 May as part of their ongoing inquiry into WCA.
 
Campaigners Adele Waterfall-Brown, Jill Grant and Gerry Taylor shared their concerns with the assessment which determines people’s eligibility for Employment Support Allowance (ESA). These included a lack of information in accessible formats which led to missed appointments, the assessment not recognising the difficulty people with sight loss face in obtaining and retaining work and whether jobs are suitable. 
 
Adele said: “The Work Capability Assessment doesn’t really assess the barriers that blind and partially sighted people like me face in gaining employment. The questions are very general and most don’t relate to sight loss.”
 
Dame Anne Begg MP, Chair of the Committee, thanked those with sight loss who had attended for explaining the specific difficulties that they face with WCA.