Do you want to give your thoughts on the WCA?

Would you be interesting in sharing your views on the WCA and conditionality, to help the Rethinking Incapacity project?

As part of my research, I’m speaking to different groups of people about what they think of the current system, and how they think it should be changed – including disabled and non-disabled members of the public, Maximus assessors, welfare-to-work providers, charities & think-tanks, and politicians. This will feed into my upcoming final Demos report to be sent to policymakers, as well as later academic & wider publications.

As part of this I’m keep to speak to DPOs and other disability campaigners, who are obviously a crucial voice to hear strongly. I am therefore holding a small group discussion on Friday 24th March:

  • The discussion will include up to 12 people.
  • We will be talking about your views of the current WCA & conditionality regime, how a few hypothetical people should be treated, and how the system should be reformed more broadly
  • It will be at 12-3pm in central London (I’ll pass on the venue for people who are confirmed attendees).
  • We will pay a per diem of £60, as well as reasonable travel costs within London.

If you would be interested in taking part or have any questions about this, then please get in touch with me ( ASAP – and many thanks in advance for your help!

Ben Baumberg Geiger

The inequality of incapacity

This post was first published on the collaborative blog OpenPop.

While many inequalities are extensively researched, particularly around income and health, it is perhaps surprising to still find other inequalities that are barely mentioned in the literature.  Yet this is true for one inequality around disability and work: almost no research focuses on why some people with disabilities are working and others are not, even when they have the same disabilities. What are the advantages that enable some – but only some, usually better-educated – sick and disabled people to stay attached to the labour market?

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