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Open Access The impact of the Work Capability Assessment on mental health: claimants’ lived experiences and GP perspectives in low-income communities

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This paper examines the impact of increased welfare conditionality on people with mental health issues claiming benefits in the UK. Drawing on data from the DeStress study, this paper explores the lived experience of welfare claimants in low-income communities, and the perspectives of GPs seeking to support them. Particular focus is placed on people’s experience of the Work Capability Assessment, the tool used to determine welfare claimants’ entitlement to sickness benefit, and how the narratives and culture surrounding welfare reform and the actual assessment itself can have a negative impact on mental health and wellbeing.
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Keywords: Employment and Support Allowance; Work Capability Assessment; mental health; poverty; welfare

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October, 2019

This article was made available online on September 10, 2019 as a Fast Track article with title: "The impact of the Work Capability Assessment on mental health: claimants’ lived experiences and GP perspectives in low-income communities".

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