Work capability assessments place those with mental health conditions at substantial disadvantage, judge concludes
guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 22 May 2013 14.13 BST
The judge ruled that the Department for Work and Pensions had breached its duties to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ under the Equality Act to ensure that people with mental health problems were treated fairly. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters
The fitness-for-work test used to determine whether hundreds of thousands of people are eligible to claim sickness benefits substantially disadvantages people with mental health conditions, a court has ruled, in a landmark ruling hailed as a significant victory by mental health charities.
A three-judge tribunal panel ruled that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) had breached its duties to make reasonable adjustments under the Equality Act to ensure that people with mental health problems are treated fairly by the system. (more…)