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Between October 2010 and Spring 2014 customers who receive Incapacity Benefit, Severe Disablement Allowance and Income Support paid on the grounds of illness or disability will be assessed for Employment and Support Allowance.
This reassessment will use the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) and will focus on what an individual can do despite their health condition, rather than simply what they cannot. Employment and Support Allowance helps people with an illness or disability move into work if they are able.
The first stage of reassessment began in October 2010 with a trial involving 1,700 customers from the Burnley and Aberdeen Benefit Centres in the Highlands, Islands, Clyde Coast & Grampian and Cumbria & Lancashire Districts. This trial was designed to provide early indicators about customer and staff reactions to the reassessment process.
This document sets out interim results from the trial in Aberdeen and Burnley.