Work Capability Assessment Reform: up to 78000 claimants affected by change to WCA descriptors

Published 18 April 2024

This publication provides statistics on the estimated number of claimants affected by each of the Work Capability Assessment reform changes announced at Autumn Statement 2023.

At Autumn Statement 2023, reforms to three Work Capability Assessment (WCA) descriptors were announced. These are:

  • removal of the Mobilising activity used to assess limited capability for work and work-related activity (LCWRA).
  • realignment of LCWRA Substantial Risk rules with the original policy intent of only applying in exceptional circumstances.
  • reduction in points for some of the descriptors under the Getting About activity used to assess limited capability for work (LCW).

Following Autumn Statement 2023, the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) published a ‘supplementary forecast information’ release containing estimates of the number of claimants affected per reform.

This release updates these figures to be consistent with Spring Budget 2024 forecasts.

Supplementary forecast information on WCA reforms –

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *