Benefits and Work is offering free, confidential email support for organisations that want to take part in the DWP’s consultation about changes to the WCA.
The DWP are proposing to make the WCA much harder to pass. You can read more details about what is being considered.
We know there will be many smaller disability charities who will be worried about the effect these changes will have on their members, but who may be concerned that they don’t have the expertise to comment on the technical aspects of the WCA.
If so, we would very strongly encourage you to take part in the consultation anyway.
It is vital that the DWP hear from as wide a range of organisations and individuals as possible. Part of your response may be about the effect that making the WCA harder to pass will have on the emotional wellbeing of your members, regardless of the specifics of the changes.
In relation to the legal changes being considered, there are a range of resources available for free on the Benefits and Work website that may help you understand what is happening.
The article entitled entitled ‘Consultation on slashing support group launched by DWP’ covers the changes in detail and links to official documents, including the consultation form and email address.
Our Worst case WCA test shows clearly how the proposed changes may work in practice.
And there is also a set of UC FAQs that may answer some questions about the basic rules of the WCA.
But, if none of that helps and you need support with understanding the possible effects on your members, or you want us to check your submission is accurate as regards the law, then please follow these instructions:
Please put ‘WCA consultation’ in the subject line.
Please email from your work address – we won’t be able to respond to emails from gmail, hotmail, yahoo or similar addresses.
The service is entirely confidential and your details will not be placed on any marketing or other list. Your email will be deleted once the consultation deadline has passed.
We can’t guarantee to respond to every request, but we’ll do our very best.
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