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Croydon Mencap represents the interests of people with learning disabilities, their families and carers within the London Borough of Croydon.

We are a charitable voluntary organisation and registered charity with our own Board of voluntary Trustees/Directors. Croydon Mencap’s purpose is to provide advice, information and support through a range of projects and services. Croydon Mencap is affiliated to Royal Mencap but is not financially supported or governed by its National body.

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Benefit News Update:

I have attached the DWP news article regarding this subject.

The DWP have announced the removal of the ‘Work Capability Assessment’ (WCA) for claimants accessing Employment Support Allowance and Universal Credit. This change will take affect from the end of 2017.

The removal of the WCA will affect claimants with severe illness, conditions and disabilities, who are accessing Employment Support Allowance and Universal Credit, and whose health needs are recognised and supported by a registered health care professional as not likely to improve over time.

This is a positive step forward for the rights of people with disabilities and goes some way in breaking down the barriers for accessing benefit entitlement under the Welfare Reform Act 2012.

This may feel a long way off, but it is important to recognise that the voices of the disabled community and organisations have/are being heard.

It is important to note that the Personal Independence Payment process is unaffected by this new rule and claimants will still have to undergo a health assessment in terms of accessing PIP disability payments.

It is important to celebrate every win but I am sure you will agree that there is still a long way to go in terms of campaigning for disability rights, fairness and justice under the Welfare Reform Act 2012.

Best wishes

Nicky Smith

DWP Partnership News October 2016 doc

 

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