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Sense responds to National Audit Office damning report on fit-to-work assessments

January 8, 2016


A press release:

National deafblind charity, Sense has today (08 January) responded to a damning report published by The National Audit Office (NAO) which has found that the Government is spending more money assessing whether people are fit to work, than it is saving in reductions to the benefits bill.

The study found that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will spend over £1.6bn over the next three years on private contractors who will carry out the Work Capability assessments, with the aim to slash the number of claimants on Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).

Richard Kramer, Deputy Chief Executive at Sense, said:

“The report will cause anxiety and stress for disabled people that already fear the assessments are geared towards saving money, rather that ensuring they receive enough benefit to live their lives.

“The DWP must seriously consider NAO’s recommendations for improvements. The starting point must be that it works for disabled people and that Work Capability Assessments are delivered in a timely, efficient and cost effective way.”

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