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1 December 2014

Cautious welcome for benefit review

Epilepsy Society has cautiously welcomed  the outcomes from the Independent Review of the Work Capability Assessment, published  last week. This is the fifth and final review of the assessment process designed to distinguish between people who cannot work because  of health related problems and those who could work with support.

The Review addresses a number of issues Epilepsy Society has been campaigning about - particularly giving people more information about what people should expect from the process, better training for assessors and treating individuals as individuals and not as tick boxes.

Need for improved information

Sarah Vibert, head of policy at the charity said: 'The report has highlighted the need for improved information and communication in a range of formats before  meetings so that people know what to expect. It also acknowledges that there has been a bias towards physical disability rather than listening to the individual and how their health condition  can also affect their mental health. This area has been a particular focus of the report.

'However, the Review does conclude that the Work Capability Assessment has gone as far as it can go in terms of modification and adjustment and questions for how much longer it will meet society's needs. In the meantime we wait to see how many of the report's recommendations will be implemented.'

Read the full report (opens new window) and a blog written by Christine Brock and Sarah