A recent upper tribunal decision may have significantly increased the chances of employment and support allowance (ESA) claimants being placed in the support group rather than being forced to carry out work-related activities that cause a substantial risk to their health. The decision has come about because, just two months after taking power in 2010, IDS did away with one of the stages of the work capability assessment in order to push through the transfer of incapacity benefit claimants to ESA as hastily as possible.
The work-focused health related assessment (WFHRA) was a ‘second medical’ at which an Atos health professionallooked at what capability for work you still had and ways in which it could be improved by the taking of steps in relation to your physical or mental condition.
The subsequent report was passed on to your personal adviser who used…
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