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Assessing Capacity for Work

Published Wednesday, July 11, 2012

This briefing discusses the role of the Work Capability Assessment and its suitability as a gateway to benefit.

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Over the next three years 1.5 million current incapacity benefits claimants will be reassessed for eligibility for Employment and Support Allowance. A key component is a face-to-face functional assessment of an individual’s capabilities, part of the Work Capability Assessment. This briefing discusses the role of the Assessment and its suitability as a gateway to benefit.

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