Judges find DWP ‘fitness for work’ test breaches the Equality Act and is illegal

cannabisforautism:

A similar ruling was made earlier this year in respect of two people with autism and the unfair expectation that they be responsible for gathering their own evidence. Hopefully the DWP will stop now?

Originally posted on Vox Political:

Despair: It's what many people who have mental illness feel when faced with the DWP's Work Capability Assessment regime. Now there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Despair: It’s what many people who have mental illness feel when faced with the DWP’s Work Capability Assessment regime. Now there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

A judicial review has ruled that the test used to decide whether people are fit for work actively discriminates against the mentally ill.

The tribunal concentrated on the issue of supporting evidence, and found that – under the current system – no matter how ill or even delusional a person may be, they are responsible for gathering their own medical evidence and sending it in. Otherwise, the material will not be considered. For someone with a severe mental illness, this may prove impossible.

Paperwork documenting a patient’s history of mental illness may be ignored and their ability to work will be judged using evidence from a 15-minute interview with a stranger who probably has no mental health training and…

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An Ashtanga Yoga teacher, dedicated to improving the health and welfare of those involved in mental health issues, substance use or homelessness. I am also striving to put an end to the perception of the substance user as someone who makes incorrect choices. Striving for a world where there are no 'drug abusers' or 'addicts', just substance users with health concerns and sometimes financial and legal confounds. It is possible to use many substances and still remain happier and healthier than your peers. The notion that a substance user must become unhealthier as time goes by is false. I hope you enjoy reading my blog. It's about autism treatments and a few other odds and ends. Thank you and take care, Jules
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One Response to Judges find DWP ‘fitness for work’ test breaches the Equality Act and is illegal

  1. Webmaster says:

    Reblogged this on PNVP.Org | Peace & Non-Violence Project and commented:
    Thank you Cannabis for Autism!
    A similar ruling was made earlier this year in respect of two people with autism and the unfair expectation that they be responsible for gathering their own evidence. Hopefully the DWP will stop now?

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