Lookup NU author(s): Dr Kayleigh Garthwaite,
Professor Clare Bambra
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In June 2014 the BBC reported that it had seen a number of UK Department for Work and Pensions documents relating to the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). These documents, which included six memos written by civil servants and government advisers, tell us very little that we did not know already; namely that the ESA is in crisis, and that waiting lists for assessment and appeals are unacceptable. However, what is significant is that these concerns are being raised within the Department for Work and Pensions itself. The underlying drift is that the question of whether the current model of ESA and Work Capability Assessment is sustainable is now firmly on the UK government’s radar.
Author(s): Warren J, Garthwaite K, Bambra C
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Disability & Society
Online publication date: 08/09/2014
Acceptance date: 11/07/2014
ISSN (print): 0968-7599
ISSN (electronic): 1360-0508
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
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