This is the title of a study that was recently published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health (JECH) by Ben Barr and colleagues, which generated a considerable amount of press and political attention last week. Because I’m working with government at the moment I can’t really comment on the study right now, but rest assured I will in April when I’m back in my usual role again – and I have a loose agreement with the journal (JECH) to write a commentary on the piece too. In the meantime, the article itself is open access, and you can read it yourself here.
The blog is temporarily changing, and I thought it was important to be clear to people that read the blog (you!) about what’s going on.
As of last month (Sep 2015), I am working part-time with the Department of Work and Pensions. While I’m at the DWP, this means that I can’t publicly comment on issues around the WCA etc. Which will be a bit of a change! However, the blog will continue, focusing more on the latest policy-related research than on policy itself. Continue reading
A quick post just to note that the Spartacus coalition of disability activists has released a couple of short notes in response to the Budget’s cut in the rate paid to ESA WRAG claimants from April 2017 (which I wrote about here):
- Spartacus’ general critique of the policy is here
- What I found particularly useful though was their clear description of who is in the ESA WRAG, including some vignettes of real people’s lives – which is in this note
Linking to these means neither that I agree or disagree with the documents, as always when linking. But I do think that if you’re reading this blog, you should read them!
A blog post was published on The Conversation alongside the launch (and republished on the project blog here). This is just the first output of the project – if you want to discuss this with us, please do get in touch!
You can see my first thoughts on a real-world incapacity assessment in this short piece for Demos’ quarterly magazine.