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Raymondo, member of Kilburn Unemployed Worker's Group and Social Work Action Network London, shares with us his Work Capability Assessment Survival Tips...

The Work Capability Assessment is the test by which people claiming the out of waged work benefit Employment and Support Allowance are gauged as qualifying for Employment and Support Allowance or 'fit for work'.
“The Work Capability Assessment (WCA) has three stages. Firstly, the Limited Capability for Work Test determines whether or not you remain on Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), secondly, the Limited Capability for Work Related Activity Test determines whether you join the ‘support group’ of claimants or the ‘work-related activity group’ and thirdly, the Work Focused Health Related Assessment provides a report that can be used in any work-focused interviews that you may be required to attend later on.” (i)

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A summary of research by Mo Stewart:

ATOS HEALTHCARE OR DISABILITY DENIAL FACTORIES - 30TH JUNE 2010
• WELFARE REFORM – REDRESS FOR THE DISABLED – 5TH SEPT 2011

As a medically retired healthcare professional, and a disabled female veteran in receipt of a War Pension, little did I know that a medical review of my pension would offer access to the suspect workings of Atos Healthcare whose parent company, Atos Origin, are IT specialists - with no previous experience in healthcare - but with a very lucrative government contract for the IT coverage of the 2012 Olympic Games…

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Jane Phillips from London SWAN describes feeling inspired by Occupy LSX in London and encourages social workers to get involved in the Occupy movement

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