We are committed to improving the work capability assessment so it is as fair and accurate as possible.
As part of this, we welcome the first independent review of the work capability assessment, led by Professor Malcolm Harrington. We are committed to taking forward all of his recommendations. Most of these changes are already in place and we will implement the remainder by summer to coincide with the first work capability assessments of incapacity benefits claimants taking part in the full nationwide reassessment.
Additionally, as part of his second independent annual review of the work capability assessment, Professor Harrington has already asked a number of charities including the MS Society, Arthritis Care, Parkinsons UK, Colitis UK, Crohns and the National Aids Trust to look in detail at the work capability assessment descriptors for fluctuating conditions.
We look forward to receiving Professor Harrington's recommendations regarding these conditions later this summer.