Stop unfair fit-for-work test

To: Iain Duncan-Smith, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (DWP)

Stop unfair fit-for-work test
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Dear Iain Duncan-Smith, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions,

Your fit-for-work scheme is ruining lives. Many people with mental health problems are found fit to work when they’re very unwell. Please stop re-assessments for people with mental health problems until the test is fixed.

Why is this important?

Our son first became unwell with bipolar disorder when he was 19. Since then he has been hospitalised many times. He has been unable to live on his own and work for long periods of time because he has been unwell. Life for him can be difficult and the government should be helping, not making life harder.
Our son was put through the new Work Capability Assessment (WCA) and despite providing all the information requested was marked as fit for work.  When we appealed the judge immediately dismissed this decision,  it turned out a full medical assessment had not been made.   A judicial review has found that the same thing is happening across the country affecting and has ruled that it is unfair to thousands of people with mental illnesses.

I imagine that Iain Duncan Smith is hoping we will all just go away. If we're going to change their behaviour, we need to dial up the pressure even more. Things need to change and there’s a really simple solution. 

Until the WCA is fixed, the Government should stop pushing people with mental health problems through this re-assessment process. If you agree with me, please sign my petition. Tell as many people as you can to sign along with you.

Dick Acworth, campaigner and carer

How it will be delivered

With your support, I will deliver this petition in person to the Department of Work and Pensions.
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  • Andrew L. 2014-04-11 08:40:36 -0400
    It's a bloody disgrace - end of.
  • mel h. 2014-04-04 08:57:52 -0400
    this affects me peronally has i to have mentall health issues,i was also found fit to work and found out after by just a nurse asking totally irrelevant questions to my condition.
  • Sonia B. 2014-03-31 13:01:55 -0400
    I was forced into working for ATOS and they actually refused to apply reasonable adjustments and got rid of me. I am now about to be subjected to one of their work health assessments for which I undertook the training. I am fully aware from this training that nurses are expected to breach the NMC code of conduct in order to pass people with mental health conditions as fit for work knowing full well that clinically they are not.


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