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Work Capability Assessment Pilots Begin

With a great fanfare, today sees the start of the Work Capability Assessment Pilots in Burnley and Aberdeen where incapacity benefit claimants are going to be assessed to find out what work they can actually do, rather than what they can't.

Those who are found fit for work will move onto JSA while those needing extra help and support will move onto Employment and Support Allowance and receive tailored support to get back to work.  

The footnote is that it is apparently going to take 3 years (yes, you read that correctly) to complete.  The inference is that it will take that long in these two areas alone.  If that is the case then how many years is it going to take when this goes national?!  Anyway, the Early Migration trial runs to January 2011 and will involve around 1,700 incapacity benefit claimants.

Affected Jobcentres are Accrington, Bacup, Blackburn, Burnley, Clitheroe, Colne, Darwen, Nelson and Rawtenstall, Aberdeen Chapel Street, Aberdeen Ebury House, Banff, Fraserburgh and Peterhead.  Aberdeen clients on provider led Pathways provision won't be affected.  JCP will write to customers involved in the pilot and phone them to make sure they know what is happening.

So now is the wait to see what impact this really will have on people.

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