Try Being in My Shoes

Try Being in My Shoes
Published in September 2011
ISBN 987-1-906770-08-02

The report captures stories of local people who have attended advice sessions within GP surgeries around benefits changes. In particular the report focuses on claimants with long-term health conditions and disabilities who have experienced a Work Capability Assessment undertaken by the private sector organisation Atos Healthcare, to see if they are eligible for Employment Support Allowance (ESA).

Shockingly 40% of claimants that dispute the decision made on their benefits entitlements are found to be successful on appeal and have their decision overturned. The report details the negative effects of a flawed assessment process which is causing distress to claimants who unnecessarily go into debt, only to have their benefits reinstated sometimes as late as 8 months later.

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Try Being in My Shoes Report

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