Comments for Rethinking Incapacity https://www.rethinkingincapacity.org create a better system of incapacity assessment Thu, 25 May 2017 11:50:40 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.4 Comment on Incapacity benefits after the election by The disability & employment agenda in 2016 – Rethinking Incapacity https://www.rethinkingincapacity.org/incapacity-benefits-after-the-election/#comment-728 Thu, 25 May 2017 11:50:40 +0000 https://www.rethinkingincapacity.org/?p=1493#comment-728 […] itself – the Conservative manifesto 2015 committed the Government to halving the disability employment gap, and the Budget 2015 promised a […]

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Comment on A (temporary) change to the Rethinking Incapacity blog by Are disability assessments associated with adverse trends in mental health? A longitudinal ecological study – Rethinking Incapacity https://www.rethinkingincapacity.org/a-temporary-change-to-the-rethinking-incapacity-blog/#comment-723 Thu, 18 May 2017 11:28:29 +0000 https://www.rethinkingincapacity.org/?p=1555#comment-723 […] 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 […]

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Comment on Rethinking the Work Capability Assessment – new Demos report by Incapacity benefits after the election – Rethinking Incapacity https://www.rethinkingincapacity.org/rethinking-the-work-capability-assessment-new-demos-report/#comment-722 Thu, 18 May 2017 11:23:06 +0000 http://dev.rethinkingincapacity.org/?p=1445#comment-722 […] The WCA is now much more generous than it was to begin with.  In 2008-2010, more than half of new claimants were found fit-for-work and only 10-15 in the Support Group.  By mid-2013 (the latest comparable figures, for various reasons), it had fallen to only a third, with more than half instead being placed in the Support Group.    The Litchfield Review of the WCA implied that too many people were being placed in the Support Group, and it is clear the Government have spent more than they planned on ESA – which suggests that they will try and reduce this before long. (For more on Litchfield and the ESA figures, see Chapter 2 of our recent Demos report). […]

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Comment on Death, dishonesty and the WCA by The end of the WCA? Reaction to IDS’ speech – Rethinking Incapacity https://www.rethinkingincapacity.org/death-dishonesty-and-the-wca/#comment-721 Thu, 18 May 2017 11:22:28 +0000 https://www.rethinkingincapacity.org/?p=1534#comment-721 […] all, there’s not much love for the WCA, to put it mildly (see the coverage also last week on deaths on ESA).  The always-excellent Disability News Service said that “if Duncan Smith’s comments do mean […]

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Comment on Incapacity benefits after the election by Why the Budget’s cut to ESA may backfire – Rethinking Incapacity https://www.rethinkingincapacity.org/incapacity-benefits-after-the-election/#comment-720 Thu, 18 May 2017 11:22:00 +0000 https://www.rethinkingincapacity.org/?p=1493#comment-720 […] I recently blogged about the possibility of today’s cut to the WRAG, I said that ‘I strongly doubt that this will […]

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Comment on Rethinking the Work Capability Assessment – new Demos report by Disability and the benefits cap – Rethinking Incapacity https://www.rethinkingincapacity.org/rethinking-the-work-capability-assessment-new-demos-report/#comment-719 Thu, 18 May 2017 11:21:40 +0000 http://dev.rethinkingincapacity.org/?p=1445#comment-719 […] this further.  More and more people have been put in the Support Group in recent years (see in my joint-authored Demos report), and it will be interesting – and a matter of crucial importance for many people’s lives – […]

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Comment on Incapacity benefits – spending and claim trends by Incapacity benefits after the election – Rethinking Incapacity https://www.rethinkingincapacity.org/incapacity-benefits-spending-and-claim-trends/#comment-718 Thu, 18 May 2017 11:21:20 +0000 https://www.rethinkingincapacity.org/?p=1487#comment-718 […] of the WCA implied that too many people were being placed in the Support Group, and it is clear the Government have spent more than they planned on ESA – which suggests that they will try and reduce this before long. (For more on Litchfield […]

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Comment on Rethinking the Work Capability Assessment – new Demos report by Does the WCA really penalise poorer people? – Rethinking Incapacity https://www.rethinkingincapacity.org/rethinking-the-work-capability-assessment-new-demos-report/#comment-717 Thu, 18 May 2017 11:20:40 +0000 http://dev.rethinkingincapacity.org/?p=1445#comment-717 […] to be changed. Indeed, I’ve detailed a lot of the problems with it (and how it could be changed) here, and will keep writing about this over the next 12mths. But if anything, I think this makes it even […]

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Comment on Are disability assessments associated with adverse trends in mental health? A longitudinal ecological study by Does the WCA really penalise poorer people? – Rethinking Incapacity https://www.rethinkingincapacity.org/are-disability-assessments-associated-with-adverse-trends-in-mental-health-a-longitudinal-ecological-study/#comment-716 Thu, 18 May 2017 11:15:55 +0000 https://www.rethinkingincapacity.org/?p=1558#comment-716 […] The DWP is right to say that the paper “makes a huge leap in attributing local variation in work capability assessment outcomes to ‘bias’”. If you want to criticise the DWP’s response to research, then it’s better to use e.g. the DWP’s dismissal of the excellent paper by Ben Barr et al on the WCA last year. […]

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Comment on Why the Budget’s cut to ESA may backfire by The return of the stricter WCA? – rethinking incapacity https://www.rethinkingincapacity.org/why-the-budgets-cut-to-esa-may-backfire/#comment-715 Thu, 18 May 2017 10:03:57 +0000 https://www.rethinkingincapacity.org/?p=1516#comment-715 […] is getting substantially cut. WRAG claimants will get a £30/wk benefit cut in April 2017, which I previously argued will considerably increase the pressure on the […]

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