Monday, 16 November 2015

Making benefits work for long term health conditions

My own view is that capability for work shouldn’t be assessed by asking whether you can look after your pet, or watch daytime TV, as currently happens in the WCA. It should be based on things like how many hours a week you could work, to what extent your capacity for work fluctuates and whether these variations can be predicted or controlled or not. What matters is not whether you can walk 40 metres or 60 metres as much as whether the effort of a simple commute into work leaves you next to useless once you get there.

Making benefits work for long term health conditions
Pamela is a former accountant, recovering journalist and international cat herder, disabled and chronically sick with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Fibromyalgia and Cervical spondylosis, fluent in three languages; English, Spanish and Rubbish. Mostly writes in the latter. She likes Genealogy, Model Railways and Cats.

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