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Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Atos Healthcare (20 November 2014)

Julian Huppert: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 10 November 2014 to Question 213576, how many cases are still being dealt by Atos; and what assessment he has made of the effect this will have on waiting times.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Work Capability Assessment (20 November 2014) See 1 other result from this answer

Julian Huppert: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if his Department will take steps to ensure that Atos and its successor provide claimants with an immediate refund on the costs incurred when travelling to that assessment.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Work Capability Assessment (20 November 2014)

Mark Harper: ...Activity Group or the Support Group of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), in order to focus on new claims. Assessments are continuing for new ESA claimants and all those already referred to Atos. Repeat assessments will also continue for people who report a change in their circumstances. The Department has agreed a contract with a new provider, Maximus, to deliver the new assessment...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Appeals (19 November 2014) See 2 other results from this answer

Frank Roy: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) ATOS-assessed fit to work Employment Support Allowance (ESA) Work Force claimants have successfully appealed to a tribunal since 2010, (b) successful incapacity benefit have there been between 2006-08 and (c) ESA Work Force have appeals there have been between 2008-10.

Childcare Payments Bill: New Clause 1 — Proposals relating to three and four year olds (17 November 2014)

Catherine McKinnell: ...effectively, might not have access to the top-up payments. The Bill requires that parents hold online child care accounts to receive the Government top-up payments. It is proposed that these would be administered by NS&I, with back office functions provided by Atos. It now transpires, however, that about 170,000 families might be excluded from these top-up payments simply because they...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Employment and Support Allowance (17 November 2014)

Mark Harper: ...and Incapacity Benefit Reassessment), for the period from January 2014 to September 2014, was 102 working days. Maximus Health and Human Services Ltd. has been awarded the contract to succeed Atos Healthcare from March 2015, to undertake Work Capability Assessments. The priority for MAXIMUS Health and Human Services Ltd will be to transition the service smoothly from the current...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Kilmarnock (17 November 2014)

Mark Harper: ...does not break down applications by where they are in the claiming process, which has several stages. The information requested for work capability assessments is not available as Atos Healthcare do not record information at a constituency level.

Welfare Reform (Welsh Valleys) (11 November 2014)

Wayne David: ...to welfare over the past few years. I have constituents who have had to wait nine months for their personal independence payment applications to be processed or who have had zero points allocated by Atos in their work capability assessments, only to win their cases on appeal and so achieve more than 15 points. I have had numerous cases of people who have experienced unfairness because of...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Atos Healthcare (10 November 2014)

Julian Huppert: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many cases are still being dealt with by Atos; and what transitional arrangements are in place to deal with cases previously dealt with by Atos.

Work Capability Assessment — Question (5 November 2014) See 3 other results from this debate

Lord Freud: As of 30 September 2014, there were around 580,000 cases awaiting work capability assessments at Atos Healthcare, down from 616,000 at the end of August. These figures do not include cases where the claimant has yet to return the claimant questionnaire.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Employment and Support Allowance (3 November 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Mark Harper: ...: “Ah!”] Before Opposition Members jeer, they should remember that this has happened under the provider that the previous Government appointed. We have taken action to sort the problems out, and Atos has agreed to exit from its contract. From 1 March next year, the new provider that I appointed last week, Maximus, will be taking over and will do a better job.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Personal Independence Payments (3 November 2014)

Mark Harper: Nobody will be waiting longer than 16 weeks by the end of the year. One area where we are performing better is Scotland; the contract Atos runs in Scotland has some of the best performance we are seeing, so I hope that if someone were to make that claim now they would get a decision much more quickly than the hon. Lady might expect.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Personal Independence Payments (3 November 2014)

Mark Harper: My hon. Friend makes a good point. I look at the performance of both providers, Atos and Capita, and he is right—where we see good practice and particular things that work with one, we want to make sure we share that information with the other. Having the two is helpful for the Department in assessing their performance.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (3 November 2014)

Caroline Dinenage: ...in my constituency has shown that, although the Department for Work and Pensions does well in identifying and prioritising claims made by terminally ill patients, when those claims are passed to Atos there is a lack of monitoring. What steps is the Department taking to ensure that those claims are dealt with in a timely manner at every point in the system?

Written Ministerial Statements — Work and Pensions: Work Capability Assessments (30 October 2014)

Iain Duncan Smith: The previous Government appointed Atos the sole provider for carrying out work capability assessments in 2008. On 27 March, Official Report, column 56-58WS, the former Minister with responsibility for disabled people announced that following negotiations with Atos, the Government had reached a mutual agreement for Atos to exit the contract to deliver health-related assessments including...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Employment and Support Allowance: South Yorkshire (29 October 2014)

Mark Harper: ...assessments Barnsley LA 1,400 500 South Yorkshire 6,400 2,400 Source: Data in the tables above is derived from administrative data held by the DWP and assessment data provided by Atos Healthcare. Notes:Figures are rounded to the nearest 100.Data is given up to 31 December 2013, which is the latest data available.South Yorkshire is made up of Barnsley, Doncaster,...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations (29 October 2014) See 1 other result from this answer

Joan Walley: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what payments were made in (a) 2012-13 and (b) 2013-14 in compensation for delays to claimants arising from the Atos assessment process (a) nationwide and (b) in the Stoke-on-Trent area; what steps he is taking to ensure that no further such delays are incurred; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Disability (29 October 2014)

Mark Harper: ...or Personal Independence Payment assessments undergo broad and thorough training in disability analysis, as well as training in specific conditions, including progressive conditions. Atos Healthcare and Capita are required to conform to a rigorous set of quality and recruitment standards which are closely monitored by the Department for Work and Pensions.

Opposition Day — [8th allotted day]: Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Welfare Reform (Disabled People) (28 October 2014) See 7 other results from this debate

Mark Lazarowicz: ...Accounts Committee. The accumulating evidence of what is happening is all the more shocking because it is so similar to what occurred with employment and support allowance and work capability assessments—the same company, Atos, was involved there. In the time available I want to highlight a different aspect of this issue. For many people, delays to PIP, ESA and other benefits will...

Personal Independence Payments (28 October 2014) See 3 other results from this debate

Mark Harper: ...and Bellshill. As this is his debate, it would be discourteous if I did not do so. We have a new team of officials in the Department that is working on a daily basis with our assessment providers. Atos deals with assessments in Scotland, while Capita is the other provider in Great Britain. I look at their performance on a weekly basis to ensure that we are driving through improvements. The...

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