Work Capability Assessment

MQT on 2011-03-23
Session date: 
March 23, 2011
Question By: 
John Biggs
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


I have been contacted by constituents concerned about the impact of the Work Capability Assessment on Autistic, Autistic Spectrum and Asperger's recipients of the Employment & Support Allowance. Given autism's effects on communication, the WCA has proved a source of anxiety to many with autism and their carers and families who are concerned the Assessment will fail to fully comprehend the consequences of autism on a sufferer's life, with potentially significant consequences in terms of the support they receive. In light of ACT NOW's Impact Assessment Report detailing the concerns of those affected, will the Mayor lobby the Department for Work and Pensions to ensure London's autistic population receive communication and other adequate support through the Work Capability Assessment process?


Answer for Work Capability Assessment

Answer for Work Capability Assessment

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

Written response provided on 30 March 2011:

Thank you for raising this issue. I have asked officers to investigate the concerns raised. If there is any evidence to suggest that Londoners are being unfairly treated or their circumstances not adequately reflected in the Work Capability Assessment process I will take this forward with the Department for Work and Pensions.