Work Capability Assessment: Activities and Descriptors Consultation Survey

The United Kingdom Government are running a consultation on the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) as they have proposals to change how it works. The WCA is an assessment carried out for both Universal Credit (UC)  and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA.)  The results of the WCA are used by the Department for Work and Pensions to determine who can and cannot work due to their disability or health conditions and whether or not someone qualifies to receive ESA or the Health Component of UC.

The  UK Governments proposed changes  cover specific activities such as getting around your local area, mobility, continence and engaging with other people face to face and whether these should be used as part of the WCA. They are also asking people’s views on changing the criteria by which someone could be declared “fit for work.”

As these changes could potentially have a huge impact on disabled people; we want to submit a response to the Government on behalf of our members.  We have also put a short article on our website about this and to provide some more information.

We have put together a survey so that we can collate and gather our members views. We will then use what you tell us to form the backbone of DES’ consultation response.

Please complete our survey by Monday 23 October.