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TOPIC: Work-focused Health Assessments

Work-focused Health Assessments 7 years 11 months ago #66915

I read somewhere that Work-Focused Health Assessments had been suspended due to them being unsuccessful and the system being over-loaded, is that still the case? The letter I had from the DWP re. being placed in the WRAG mentioned I would have a Work-Focused Health Assessment as well as the WFIs but it might have been a standard letter which hasn't been updated.

Shirley

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Re: Work-focused Health Assessments 7 years 11 months ago #66918

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You are right - the work related health assessments have been suspended whereas the ordinary work focussed interviews have not.

(Excuse the editing - brain on slow-go this morning.)

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Re:Work-focused Health Assessments 7 years 11 months ago #66929

Shirley wrote:

I read somewhere that Work-Focused Health Assessments had been suspended due to them being unsuccessful and the system being over-loaded, is that still the case? The letter I had from the DWP re. being placed in the WRAG mentioned I would have a Work-Focused Health Assessment as well as the WFIs but it might have been a standard letter which hasn't been updated.

Shirley


The work-focused related health assessments were suspended for two years from 19 July 2010, because the government felt that they weren't having the "desired effect."

I don't know why they could have just been honest for once (hard for them I know), and said that they were being suspended because of an unmanageable and ever-increasing backlog of ESA cases, and it would slow down the process of getting claimants off benefit quite considerably, which is the true "desired effect".

If the government said that the WFRHAs weren't working in July 2010, why would they recommence in 2012? Could the real reason be that more claimants will be denied ESA in the intervening period, hence in 2012 they can be reintroduced on the sudden realisation that they were helpful after all, when the claimant numbers are reduced?

I wonder if the amount of money paid to you know who was subsequently reduced when the WFRHAs were suspended, effectively amending the terms of the contract, when in most other occupations less work would normally equal less money?

I think not somehow! :angry: :angry:

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