Try Being in My Shoes
Published in September 2011
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.