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Work Capability Assessment debate -"It's the system that is flawed”

April 25, 2019

“The evidence is there, it is the system that is flawed”

A spotlight was shone on the issues with the DWP’s Work Capability Assessment on Wednesday 24 April in a Westminster Hall debate. The session was led by Laura Pidcock MP who said when talking about the information people have to submit to the assessor; “..the evidence is there, it is the system that is flawed.”

In preparation for the debate Action for M.E. submitted a briefing, further details of which can be found in our news story here. We were pleased to hear specific mention of fluctuating conditions and the lack of training on specific conditions. Other MPs present highlighted their constituent’s stories and the barriers they face because of the flaws in the system.

The Minister for Disabled People, Justin Tomlinson MP, in his response, promised regional roundtables to discuss the issues further. Our Policy Officer will be making contact with his office to feed into these opportunities and we would like to hear from you about your experiences. You can email him directly at