Wednesday 1 June 2011
Government changes to the benefits system are already having a devastating effect on people with mental health problems, campaigners have said.
The group, including charity Mind, strongly criticised the work capability assessment (WCA), which will be used to reassess people on incapacity benefit. In a letter to the Guardian, they said the changes were causing "huge" distress and had resulted in suicides.
Ministers said the test was being kept under regular review by specialists. The government is seeking to reassess all 2.6 million people on incapacity benefit - and its successor employment support allowance (ESA) - by 2014 in an effort to encourage more people back to work and to cut the welfare bill.
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