Tommy Sheppard

MP for Edinburgh East

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Work Capability Assessments

As reported in the Herald yesterday, I have written to Work and Pensions Secretary David Gauke about the UK Government's continued treatment of people with chronic, degenerative and lifelong conditions.

Last year his predecessor, Damian Green, promised that people with chronic, degenerative and lifelong conditions would no longer need to face repeated, unnecessary work capability assessments (WCAs) in future.

Yet ten months on nothing has changed.

It’s disgraceful that constituents of mine who are living with chronic, lifelong conditions are being asked to go through the repeated stress of WCAs to claim the benefits they are entitled to.

These conditions are not going to improve and in some cases are only going to get worse. And the medical evidence has been provided to prove this.

It’s time the UK Government showed some compassion and humanity by introducing these much-needed reforms.

 

Erasmus at the Jack Kane Centre
Thomas Muir Lecture
 

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