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The work capability assessment (WCA) is “too harsh” Iain Duncan Smith, former work and pensions minister and architect of universal credit and personal independence payment has claimed.

IDS told a meeting organised by the Spectator magazine last week that, when he was secretary of state, he realised that the test for incapacity for work forced claimants to make a “cliff edge” choice between full-time work or not working at all.

IDS claims that he carried out five reviews of the WCA but that it remained ineffective.

“It was quite obvious to us that the system was far too narrow, was acting in a far too harsh manner and was making judgements about people.

“The whole process of having a benefit that says you are either too sick to work or you can work, actually works against the nature of how people think of themselves.

“I came to the conclusion that it was time to review the whole way we do this and remove the cliff edge.”

“The cliff edge tempts people to make wrong declarations. And it means that whatever assessment you’re making becomes very critical, which adds extra stress,” IDS claimed.

According to IDS, a system which allowed people to be found fit for work for just a certain number of hours a week would be more effective.

You can read the full story on the inews website.

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+2 #3 Camly91 2017-07-08 18:31
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How dare he assume that people are tempted to lie because of the way ESA is set up! They're still assuming that people are able to do more than they say they can. How can they keep thinking and saying that and not be pulled up on it?

Is he going after the PM job again?
That was my initial response too. If he's just said the system was too harsh then fair enough, I might be prepared to give him the benefit of the doubt. But no he's still pushing the erroneous 'people are lying' agenda, he just had to get that in there didnt he... But now he concedes that maybe the harshness of the system 'tempts' people into it.... presenting himself as 'understanding' of the reasons said people lie, when his own figures say that hardly anybody does.


Disingenuous & slimy. Coming over all compassionate', when in reality he presided over the worst abuses of vulnerable people in living memory, AND convinced the public to let him do it by selling them the 'lying scroungers' lie. And he's still at it while now attempting to portray himself as all kind & compassionate. It's nauseating.
#2 Eli48 2017-07-05 18:46
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ESA doesn't say a person is too sick to work though. I think that's the language that's evolved from the WCA. The law says you're not expected to work, not that you're unable or too sick to work.

How dare he assume that people are tempted to lie because of the way ESA is set up! They're still assuming that people are able to do more than they say they can. How can they keep thinking and saying that and not be pulled up on it?

Is he going after the PM job again?
ESA is Employment and Support Allowance. The WCA is the so called health assessment.
+2 #1 SJ 2017-07-05 15:31
ESA doesn't say a person is too sick to work though. I think that's the language that's evolved from the WCA. The law says you're not expected to work, not that you're unable or too sick to work.

How dare he assume that people are tempted to lie because of the way ESA is set up! They're still assuming that people are able to do more than they say they can. How can they keep thinking and saying that and not be pulled up on it?

Is he going after the PM job again?

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