#newapproach alternative to the wca v2.0

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The Work Capability Assessment has to be abolished, as service users and professionals we have also created a replacement. #newapproach


  • New approach Social protection not exclusion
  • Spinning people round in a circle of statistics is no answer DWP Figures 2008 - 2013 4.3 million claims made since Oct 2008 2.4 million claims ended since Oct 2008
  • ESA hasnt worked 6 Million caseload 4.1 Million assessments 1.2 Million appeals 1.4 Million t for work 0.7 million reclaims
  • No economic benefit 2.6 million claimants 2008 2.45 million claimants 2014 - 150,000 ReducEon?
  • ESA related job outcomes 4,000,000 (4 Million) Work Capability Assessments 10,760 job outcomes for new ESA claimants (0.25 %) 980 Job outcomes for incapacity /ESA claimants 60 Job outcomes for Incapacity /ESA claimants with a mental health problem
  • New approach has done the sums In most incapacity benet /ESA cases the claimants doctor was right 2.6 million on incapacity prior to ESA 1.22 million tested for ESA 0.98 million qualied 0.25 million found t for work by DWP 0.13 million appealed 980 job outcomes 0.22 million reclaimed incapacity benet
  • A new approach is the only way Abolish the WCA
  • Claimants need the right support You cant tell what a persons limita>ons are just by looking at them A need to recognise all barriers A full support package A new approach to assessment A new in and out of work credit
  • Early stage exclusion for those who are too unwell Certain condiEons are automaEcally excluded The GP can indicate exclusion on the MED 3 t note A help line for exclusion cases is available to all GPs All exclusion cases receive maximum support
  • Four Way Assessment The claimant has their say The claimants clinician provides their opinion An independent HCP provides an overview Employability is considered A new four way assessment process
  • Claimants are assessed flexibly Claimants can apply for personal limitaEon based credit (LBC) LBC ranges from 0% to 100% paid in or out of work On top of any basic personal allowance when out of work
  • Most claimants with a limitation are able to apply for LBC LBC can be paid to working age claimants who are seeking work or who are unable to seek work
  • More compatible with modern labour market challenges Grouping and tick box testing doesnt work Flexible intelligent assessment is the way forward The problems surrounding growth in incapacity for work claims have been with us for more than 3 decades. The soluEon isnt to be found in more 45 minute Eck box tesEng; we need blue sky thinking revolving around a completely new approach
  • The claimant isnt just a naEonal insurance number They state what they see as their full range of limitaEons Where unable to do so they consult a support assistant within The advice sector The claimants doctor completes a much more informaEve t note indicaEng if exclusion applies and the areas where the claimant is most likely to have a problem The DWP & Work Programme providers have to consult with trained Disability Employment Advisers to assess how the claimant will cope in the workplace Independent occupaEonal healthcare assessors objecEvely overview the evidence (carrying out a face to face assessment if necessary) and jusEfy their recommendaEon ImparEal decision makers draw up a statement of limitaEon & awards limitaEon based credit An assessment which looks at the person rather than the politics. Jill. At last, theyve really started to show they understand me
  • The statement of limitation Statement of LimitaEon Dear Jill. You recently asked us to consider your limitaEons. We have carefully considered the following: What you have told us What your doctor advised us The advice we received from an employment adviser The advice of an independent occupaEonal healthcare professional We have decided that you are reduced in your capability for work and can award you a Personal LimitaEon Based Credit of 75%. This means you are enEtled to 30 per week which is paid on top of any other benet you receive and also in addiEon to any wages you are paid if you nd work. This is an important documentaEon which you should show your doctor and (if in work) your employer. They may be required to make certain adjustments to improve your prospects of nding work or staying in work. Please see the rest of this lejer for more informaEon. Jill feels more reassured by a statement which recognises her limitaEons Jill know she can get her personal credit both in and out of work The statement means her doctor has to look at gekng her much needed help An employer has to make adjustments for Jills 75% limitaEon
  • Flexible assessment 0 24% may not result in payment but may lead to non nancial support- claimant is expected to seek / prepare for work 25 49% results in payment as well as non nancial support claimant is expected to prepare for work 50 74% results in payment as well as non nancial support claimant is expected to prepare for work 75 100% results in maximum support claimant can chose to prepare for work with no mandatory condi>ons aJached
  • How it works for Jill Jill has mul>ple health problems including early age arthri>s, an ea>ng disorder and severe anxiety/depression. She has many problems, wants to work but hasnt been able to since leaving school. Jill is ini>ally assessed at 100% and receives maximum credit, her statement of limita>on also recommends she receives a programme of counselling and aids to improve her mobility. With the appropriate support, Jill starts to overcome her ea>ng disorder, anxiety and depression. Her progress is reviewed and her credit reduces to 75% reec>ng the improvement. She feels ready to take on work. In >me Jill feels able to take on work. Shes reassured because she knows she will keep her credit which can be paid on top of her wages. She feels beJer about the level of support she is receiving.
  • How flexible credits work Although LBC is awarded in increments of 25, 50, 75 & 100% - it is tapered to reduce in payment by units of 10% - providing the claimant with a gradual decrease. LBC taper can be increased as well as decreased to provide for situa>ons where the claimant suers a set back. As the claimants LBC reduces, the employer receives an incen>ve subsidy for employing someone with reduced limita>on. This is subject to a full appraisal. There is an equal duty on the DWP, healthcare providers & employers to work towards integra>ng claimants in to work when possible and to ensure that claimants who are not able are excluded from assessment without fear of sanc>on.
  • A new approach worthy of investment Jill never thought this was achievable Jills employers are delighted with her
  • End New Approach is commijed to working with the disabled community, advice sector and representaEve bodies to nd a viable alternaEve to the Work Capability Assessment. Based upon a specialist knowledge of the UK welfare benets system we have provided our second stage proposals and now welcome feedback from interested parEes to enable us to take these forward to Parliament. Nick Dilworth co founder of New Approach In partnership with Jane Bence, Rick Burgess & Wayne Blackburn