The DWP has launched a legal battle at a tribunal to stop a report about Work Capability Assessments (WCA) becoming public.
The Tory government is fighting to keep details of hated fit-for-work tests secret – because releasing them would hurt firms’ ‘commercial interests’.
Officials have launched an extraordinary taxpayer-funded legal battle to stop a report on Work Capability Assessments (WCA) becoming public.
Campaigners say the tests, which decide if people are sick or disabled enough to get benefits, are deeply flawed despite costing £200m a year.
Yet the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is refusing to publish an ‘outcome report’ by the private firms that run the tests.
The DWP claims releasing the report, which contains monthly performance details from each testing centre, could give a “perception of under-performance” when read out of context.
This would “damage the reputation and financial standing of the companies involved,” officials claim.