Ministers have said that they are on track to implement the recommendations of the recent Harrington Review of the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) by the summer, and that they are pressing ahead with changes to regulations which will mean people suffering (sic) from mental health problems or going through chemotherapy will be given more leeway in the review process.
Building on the HM Treasury and Department for Communities and Local Government led initiative Total Place, the Department for Work and Pensions is working with five local authorities to investigate how to further work together to co-design solutions to local issues of worklessness.
The Government has announced changes to Access to Work which aim to give disabled people faster and simpler support into work. Access to Work provides financial help towards the extra costs faced by disabled people in work, where this goes beyond what would be reasonable for an employer to meet.
Professor Harrington's review of the work capability assessment (WCA) has been published. Professor Harrington was asked to review the fairness and effectiveness of the WCA following concerns expressed by a number of organisations.
Maria Miller, in a written answer on 10 September, has stated that equality impact assessments are being developed for both Work Choice implementation and Access to Work and will appear on the DWP website in due course.
The Government has published a White Paper on welfare reform. The paper, Universal Credit: welfare that works, introduces the Universal Credit, a single new welfare benefit that will be available to people both in and out of work.