The role of incapacity benefit reassessment in helping claimants into employment - Work and Pensions Committee Contents

Written evidence submitted by Patricia Oakley

I work in General Practice assisting patients with social problems, which includes assisting with Benefit claims and related issues. I am well aware of the points system, but even I find the Atos report long winded and confusing when I am trying to check and explain to patients what the assessment is saying about their ability under the various headings. It seems like it is written to confuse.

I also wonder if there could be a highlighted sentence in the refusal explaining that although some people have medical problems the Government wants to help as many as possible back into work suitable for them. Many people I see are angry at being assessed as having no problem, particularly when they have been getting Incapacity Benefit and have had no change in circumstances. They don't understand it.

The current jobs market doesn't help, for claimants feel if most people can't find work what is the likelihood of them getting it.

March 2011

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