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Fulfilling Potential?

Author: Catherine Hale

The Government's 'reforms' to Incapacity Benefit have been ineffective and harmful. In this significant report Catherine Hale explores the experience of a key group of disabled people who have been slotted into the 'Work Related Activity Group'. The findings are powerful and shameful.

Instead of moving people closer to work people are now less likely to find work and more likely to be anxious and fearful. People are being sanctioned for failing to carry out tasks that their disability makes impossible. Common sense has gone missing and instead people are being offered no sensible support. Instead of recognisng the objective barrier created by disability, illness and an inaccessible labour market the system continues to blame disabled people themselves for their worklessness. 

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The publisher is Mind and The Centre for Welfare Reform.

Fulfilling Potential? © Catherine Hale 2014.

All Rights Reserved. No part of this paper may be reproduced in any form without permission from the publisher except for the quotation of brief passages in reviews.

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Briefing on ESA Regulations

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Means Testing in ESA

Means Testing in ESA

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How To Reform The ESA System

How To Reform The ESA System

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Thoughts on ESA

Thoughts on ESA

Some early thoughts on reforming the failed Employment Support Allowance and Work Capability Assessment system.

The People's Review of WCA Further Evidence

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The Big Society Fails the Hardest Hit

The Big Society Fails the Hardest Hit

Catherine Hale's article explains how a range of UK government policies target disabled people.

Assessing the Assessors

Assessing the Assessors

Independent research by disabled people on the assessment process which many are forced to undergo - the Work Capability Assessment.