There's a reason people created cartoons like this.

There’s a reason people created cartoons like this.

Yes, wearing Wellington boots is just one of the reasons Atos/Capita assessors have denied Employment and Support Allowance to benefit claimants at work capability assessments.

A commenter has suggested that This Writer should compile a list of such ridiculous, trumped-up, nonsense charges, to demonstrate the silliness of the WCA system.

I want examples of reasons used to justify giving a claimant nil points on the assessment reports themselves. My commenter provided several examples but they are hearsay – I want people to provide the reasons from their actual reports.

Just to give a taster of the nightmare world of the WCA, the examples my commenter offered included:

  • “Owns a fish.”
  • “Has dyed hair.”
  • “Did a course 20 years ago.”
  • “Opened a door.”
  • “Had a handbag.”
  • “Wiped their eye.”
  • “Has nails varnished.”
  • “Had tanned skin” (regardless of  nationality).
  • “Had a haircut/was shaven.”
  • “Lies outside to eat lunch.”
  • “Smiled.”
  • “Scratched their back.”
  • “Was a smoker without yellowed fingers.”
  • “No visible bulge from an incontinence pad.”
  • “Has an outdoor toilet.”
  • “Wiped nose.”
  • “Can use a phone.”
  • “Can use a bus.”
  • “Remembered to bring medical evidence.”
  • “Handed over medical evidence.”
  • “Held eye contact.”
  • “Did not hold eye contact.”
  • “Drank some water.”

These assessments are not reliant on medical grounds. They aren’t particularly based on functional ability either because informal observations made by the assessor – which are, generally, lies – are given “paramount importance”, and override any medical evidence or statement from the claimant. It’s all a horrific sham from beginning to end.

It’s time to expose that sham.

If you have attended a work capability assessment and were given a nonsense reason your benefit was denied, please help.

If I’ve done this right, a ‘contact form’ should appear below. Please use it to provide details of your own WCA experience.

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