BBC NEWS: Disability tests opposed by dean of St Paul’s Cathedral 29/09/2013

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Wheelchair user in an office
The tests assess entitlement to employment and support allowance
A letter urging Prime Minister David Cameron to get rid of work assessments for the disabled has been signed by the dean of St Paul’s Cathedral.

The Very Rev Dr David Ison was among campaigners to claim the tests could “cut short” disabled people’s lives.

The letter also called on ministers to address the “shameful offences” of austerity measures.

The government said the assessments had been improved and could help disabled people get into employment.

‘Heaviest burden’

The letter, titled The Downing Street Demand, called for an end to work capability assessments (WCA) which “demean and distress” disabled people.

It stated that government policies forced some of the most deprived members of society to “shoulder the heaviest burden of national debt created by the super-rich”.

Very Rev Dr David IsonDr Ison says disabled people need to be helped to live with dignity and security

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