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Rethinking the Work Capability Assessment

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This is the final published version of a report that has been published in its final definitive form by Demos, 2015.

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This report is part of a wider three-year research project looking at how non-medical factors are tangled up in the real world of incapacity. The project has four strands of work: · international comparisons of how incapacity assessment works in other countries · perceived legitimacy: a new survey and series of deliberative workshops to look at what people think a fair test looks like · better data so that we get figures we can trust about the employment rate of disabled people across time and place · unequal incapacity: new research into how non-medical factors in incapacity actually work in practice The project is led by Ben Baumberg and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), with some strands also involving collaborations with Demos and a team at the University of Durham led by Professor Clare Bambra – all of whom have been involved in this report. For more information, please see

Publication metadata

Author(s): Baumberg B, Warren J, Garthwaite K, Bambra C

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Published

Series Title:

Year: 2015

Pages: 91

Print publication date: 01/01/2015

Online publication date: 01/01/2015

Acceptance date: 01/01/2015

Institution: Demos

Place Published: London, UK


Notes: ISBN: 9781909037809