WCA Year 4 review – call for evidence

Dr Paul Litchfield (the replacement for Malcolm Harrington) is carrying out the year 4 review of the work capability assessment.

NAWRA is co-ordinating a response and would love to hear from members about their experiences. The more responses we have the better our submission will be. You know you’ve got loads of gripes and groans about it all so let us hear them!

This is what Dr Litchfield says he is particularly looking for but don’t hold back if you have other issues;

This call for evidence has been designed to help me gather further information about those issues which I consider most pertinent at this time:

  •                 the overall effectiveness of the WCA as a discriminator;
  •                 the impact of earlier independent reviews;
  •                 the way that mental health conditions are considered in the WCA; and
  •                 the biopsychosocial factors that influence capability for work.

 I am looking in particular for objective data that underpins any views expressed.

 Please send your views to Eri at eri@nawra.org.uk by 9th August 2013.



NAWRA meeting in Edinburgh

Hi everyone!

Just to confirm that we are heading to Edinburgh for our next meeting.

We will be at City Chambers, 253 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1YJ on Friday 13th September 2013 from 9.30am until 4.00pm.

Full details to follow so watch this space! In the meantime, have a look at the Visit Scotland website for information about this beautiful city, the surrounding area and for accommodation suggestions.

We will be meeting up on the Thursday evening, for early arrivals, and a social event is also being planned for the Friday too – so no need to hurry back!

Hope to see you there!



Bristol update

Thanks to everyone who came along to our meeting in Bristol on 1st March 2013 and to our hosts in the city council welfare rights team. The minutes of the meeting and the presentations from the day are now available in the members area.