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Employment Minister accepts Harrington’s recommendations on Work Capability Assessment

Employment Minister accepts Harrington’s recommendations to Work Capability Assessment

He promised it… now he’s delivering it!!!

Chris Grayling has announced that following an independent review, there will be changes to the Working Capability Assessments (WCA).

These changes aim to improve the fairness and effectiveness of the system have been outlined in a second independent review by Professor Malcolm Harrington.


Chris Grayling has pledged to accept Professor Harrington’s recommendations and to further consult on how best to support people with cancer.

The main recommendations of the Harrington Review include:


  • Introducing checks on benefit decisions to ensure fairness and consistency,
  •  Working with disability groups to help develop guidance for Atos healthcare professionals and Decision Makers,
  •  Improved support and communications for people who move onto Jobseeker’s Allowance to make sure they get the help they need
  •  Regularly publishing data on performance and quality to improve the transparency of the face-to-face assessment

Professor Harrington said:

“My first review found that the WCA is the right concept, but that each part of the process was not working as well as it could or should. Since my last review the process has started giving people a more tailored and personal service.

“This year I have worked alongside some key health and disability organisations to make further recommendations to improve the system, especially for people with mental health and fluctuating conditions.

“I am confident that the changes being implemented are already making a real difference to people and will continue to do so.”

Minister for Employment, Chris Grayling said:

“It is in everyone’s interest to get the system right. We want the assessment to be as fair and consistent as possible. This is the first step on a journey back to work for many people and we want it to be positive.

“The system is far better than it was two years ago but there are still improvements and refinements we can make.

“We are committed to helping thousands of people move from benefits and back into work. Those who are found fit for work will get the help and support they need to get a job. Those found too sick or disabled to work won’t be expected to and will continue to receive the help and support they need.”

Read the independent review

Amanda Frewin

Research & Project Support

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