Prospect, 4 February 2016

Researcher Hannah Titley wrote an article for Prospect on Reform‘s latest report, Working welfare: a radically new approach to sickness and disability benefits. In order for Osborne to reach the sustainable and affordable welfare state promised, he must meet the government’s pledge to halve the disability employment gap.

Reform‘s report recommends three main areas of change in this area, as outlined by Hannah in the article. These include introducing a single out-of-work allowance for all of those people seeking work, and reinvesting the savings into other disability benefits and employment support services. The Work Capability Assessment should be scrapped and replaced with a new system. She argues this system should have a single, online assessment for benefit eligibility, and an independent occupational health assessment for those who need it. Finally, there should be greater requirements in places for those who are able to engage in an activity.

“Achieving radically different outcomes demands a radically different approach. Reform on the scale proposed will take political will, but the prize for succeeding is great. This should be the legacy of the government this Parliament.”

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