Welfare Reform Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:45 pm on 19th March 2007.

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Photo of Lord McKenzie of Luton Lord McKenzie of Luton Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Work and Pensions, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions) 3:45 pm, 19th March 2007

My Lords, perhaps it would be helpful if I restated precisely what I said so that there is no confusion. I said that we recently changed guidance on applying the incapacity-for-work test to emphasise that, when people take part in service-user involvement, they should not automatically be sent for a reassessment. A reassessment should be done only where there are specific reasons for believing that the work that a customer is doing demonstrates that he no longer satisfies the conditions of entitlement to the benefit.

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Saint Swithins-Day
Posted on 3 Sep 2007 6:56 pm (Report this annotation)

Just because it won't happen 'automatically' doesn't mean it won't happen 'in the vast majority of cases'. He gives no assurance on this, nothing we can point to to reassure people in the situation discussed that they won't be placing themselves under scrutiny.

neil scott
Posted on 6 Sep 2007 5:39 pm

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