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Benefit Claimants (Medical Assessments)

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 25th June 2012.

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Photo of Kevin Brennan Kevin Brennan Shadow Minister (Education) 2:30 pm, 25th June 2012

What steps he plans to take to improve the quality of medical assessments of benefit claimants.

Photo of Maria Miller Maria Miller The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

We asked Professor Harrington to carry out a series of reviews of the work capability assessment, and have implemented the recommendations of his first review. We are continuing to work closely with him, and are ensuring that lessons learnt from the assessment are built into the design of the new personal independence payment.

Photo of Kevin Brennan Kevin Brennan Shadow Minister (Education)

Why are so many of these assessments overturned on appeal?

Photo of Maria Miller Maria Miller The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

As the hon. Gentleman will know, there were problems with the system that we inherited. It was a harsh system, which we have been working hard to make work better, and I hope he will join us in supporting Professor Harrington’s work in this area, which is leaving us with a work capability assessment that better serves the people of this country.