Work Capability Assessments and Mental Health


A judicial review in May found that the WCA (Work Capability Assessment) was unfair to those with mental health problems. The case brought by two anonymous people suffering from mental illness highlighted the problems evidencing an inability to work for those suffering depression. For five years in the late 1980s I escaped the need for an assessment. I was lucky that my mental illnesses had not resulted in more than about 6 months off work at a time. On the two occasions I had extended sick leave from teaching I was lucky enough to get a period of full pay followed by a period of half pay. I struggled back to work and walked through treacle for a year before resuming my normal fast-thinking self. I was expert at hiding what was going on inside my head.

When I broke down immediately after taking early retirement, my debility meant that…

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