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Disability testing system causes 'misery and hardship'


The government's disability testing system is criticised for making wrong decisions, causing "misery and hardship" to benefits claimants at a "considerable cost" to the taxpayer.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) introduced work capability assessments (WCA) in 2008 to assess entitlement to employment and support allowance.

Today the public accounts committee (PAC) said that while there has been much criticism of Atos - the firm contracted to conduct WCAs - most of the problems lay with the DWP itself, and criticised the department's complacent attitude to the high number of inaccurate decisions leadin...