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Results from DPAC survey of work capability assessment experiences

Disabled People Against Cuts have released the results of a survey carried out earlier this year. The survey asked people for their views on different aspects of the controversial Atos work capability assessments. The survey was promoted by DPAC, Black Triangle and the Social Welfare Union. The question construction and analysis were carried out by DPAC.

From DPAC:

"The survey drew 733 responses. It asked questions about recording work capability assessments, access, the input of doctors into the process and the apparent increasing influence of the Department for Work and Pensions on doctors. As such, it represents the first evidence based research report on these issues.

The responses contribute to a growing list of criticisms of people's experiences of WCAs, welfare "reform" and cuts and the impact of all of these on the lives of disabled people. It also adds to the growing list of criticism against Atos - the company contracted by the government to carry out assessments.

The survey responses show the tricks, barriers and bullying tactics used to prevent audio recordings, the difficulties of home assessments and how centres, access and travel are problematic. The survey shows the ways that people are being driven to crisis point by a system with no clear public accountability.

DPAC, Black Triangle, and Social Welfare Union, along with the British Medical Association and a growing number of organisations and MPs, condemn the WCA and call for its immediate end. We hope the contents of this report will help those who fail to understand why these calls are being made to begin to understand why this is the only justifiable option."

Full post at DPAC

Download the report here (DOC 118KB).

Download the report as a PDF (PDF 50KB)

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