Seventy per cent of fit for work assessments overturned on appeal

Labour has renewed calls to scrap work capability assessments as new research reveals an overwhelming majority of fit for work assessments are overturned on appeal.

Analysis from Scottish Labour of the latest figures published by the Department of Work and Pensions shows that 69 per cent of fit for work decisions in Scotland which are appealed are subsequently overturned.

Labour said the process leads to unnecessary stress and anxiety for those who have been wrongly denied support and called for the assessments to be scrapped.

Pressure from Labour at Holyrood has already delivered a ban on private contractors from Scotland’s social security system.

Scottish Labour MP for Midlothian  Danielle Rowley said:

“These figures show that work capability assessments just aren’t working.

“An overwhelming majority of people in Scotland are being wrongly judged fit for work. That simply isn’t good enough.

“That’s what happens when our social security system chases profits before the wellbeing of people.

“Tory austerity just isn’t working. These assessments aren’t just an example of cruel policy, they are an example of failing policy and should be scrapped.”