MP helps charity to challenge minister over fit-for-work test
Cambridge MP Julian is taking a leading mental health charity into the heart of government to challenge fit-for-work tests at a meeting today (November 11).
Representatives from Rethink Mental illness will meet Mike Penning, Minister for Disabled People in Westminster to express their concerns about the Work Capability Assessment, and how it applies to those with mental health problems.
Julian had previously raised its concerns in Parliament calling on Mr Penning to rethink the Work Capability Assessment.
“This is a one-size-fits-all work assessment which fails to take into account the special needs of those suffering from mental illness or autism,” he said. “Rethink Mental Illness is right to be concerned about the Work Capability Assessment.
“I hope Mr Penning will take their concerns on board and look closely at how this policy is causing real problems for those with special medical needs. While it is right that we should encourage people back into work as much as possible we must also be sensitive to those who have complex issues.”
Paul Jenkins, CEO of Rethink Mental Illness said: “Around 20,000 people are going through the government’s fit-for-work test every week, despite the fact that in a recent court case judges said the test puts people with mental illness at a ‘substantial disadvantage’.
“The system isn’t working, and it’s in everyone’s interests that we have a fair and accurate assessment process, which gets it right the first time. It could make a huge difference to some of the most vulnerable people in Cambridge.”