PREPARE FOR WORK WHILE WAITING FOR WCA
The Telegraph is reporting that claimants waiting to be assessed for ESA will have to take steps to prepare for work whilst they are waiting, often for many months, to have their work capability assessment (WCA).
This means that many thousands of people destined to be found eligible for the support group, and thus considered too sick or disabled to undertake work related activities ,will already have been forced to undertake such activities or been subject to extremely heavy financial penalties for failing to do so.
According to Lord Freud, minister for welfare reform and former banker:
“The overall aim of our welfare reforms is to ensure that people who can work get the support they need to find a job. This simple step will give people access to employment support months sooner than under the current system, so that the time spent waiting for a sickness assessment is not wasted.”
This measure, due to be introduced in 2013, along with much harsher sanctions for claimants who do not do as they are instructed, could mean a serious risk to the physical or mental health of many sick and disabled claimants.