I meant to inform comrades about this at the time and very remiss of me. The Welfare Reform Bill received Royal Assent on the 3rd May. It is now an Act. This is very bad news for welfare benefits provision.
Alongside the introduction of Employment Support Allowance (ESA) - to be launched in autumn 2008 - the Welfare Reform Act 2007 also provides for a new assessment of capacity for work in place of the current Personal Capability Assessment, involving revised activity descriptors and scores.
Work and Pensions Minister, Jim Murphy, said that 'it has always been our intention that there should be ongoing monitoring of the effectiveness of the revised PCA' and that therefore each year for the first five years the Secretary of State will be required to lay an 'independent report' before Parliament on its operation'.
Just because it is now an Act doesn't mean we give up the fight against this pernicious, vicious and draconian Act....