Department for Work and Pensions releases figures for people found 'fit for work'

Responding to the 'fit for work' figures from the Department for Work and Pensions, Richard Hawkes, chief executive of the disability charity Scope said:

“The fit for work results are only half the story.

“We should be talking about getting a million more disabled people into work.

“Disabled people are pushing hard to find jobs and get on in the workplace. Nine in ten disabled people work or have worked. Yet only about 50% of disabled people have a job right now.

"They face massive challenges when it comes to finding and staying in work – too often they don’t get the right kind of support and work places are still not flexible enough.

“The WCA should be more than an exercise in getting people off of benefits. It should make sure disabled people get the specialist, tailored and flexible support they need to find and keep a job.

“Instead the test is beset with problems including high rates of successful appeals, assessors resigning and public criticism from the Public Accounts Committee and National Audit Office. We have also witnessed shocking undercover footage of how Atos assessors are trained and heard horror stories of disabled people inappropriately found fit to work.

“We need to make sure that as the economy picks up disabled people are not left behind. We’ve got to start by supporting more disabled people to find and stay in work.”

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