Employment and Disabled People

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 9 October 2017.

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Photo of Penny Mordaunt Penny Mordaunt The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions 12:00, 9 October 2017

In recent years the Department has introduced a number of measures to ensure that those who carry out assessments for either personal independence payments or ESA have had training so that they can recognise a mental health condition and flag up that condition or any concerns they may have. However, the work capability assessment itself is not working. It was introduced by the Labour party—[Interruption]—with the best intentions, but it has elements that do not work. Given the opportunities that will result from the work and health road map, I hope that Labour will work with us to reform those elements.