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Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Disability: Wrexham (31 Oct 2018)

Sarah Newton: Table 1 below shows the estimated number of people aged 16 to 64 who have a disability in Wrexham. It also shows the disability prevalence, as well as the equivalent figures for the UK. Estimates for constituencies are based on small sample sizes and are therefore subject to a margin of uncertainty. Therefore, these estimates should be treated with caution. The “confidence...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Disability (31 Oct 2018)

Sarah Newton: The Department recognises that many of those claiming benefits are particularly vulnerable and we continue to explore ways to improve the customer journey for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), Universal Credit and Personal Independence Payment (PIP) claimants. We recognise that attending a Work Capability Assessment or a PIP assessment can be a stressful experience, which is why we do...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits (30 Oct 2018)

Sarah Newton: This exercise is to correct historic errors in Employment and Support Allowance and ensure arrears due are paid in line with primary legislation. Legacy benefits is the term used for benefits migrating to Universal Credit – these are income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Income-Based Jobseekers Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefits, Child and Working Tax Credits. Where...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Employment: Disability (30 Oct 2018)

Sarah Newton: As stated in the Answer of 23 July 2018 to Question 165609, we have commissioned external research which explores whether employers who sign up to the Disability Confident scheme change their attitudes and behaviours in relation to disability employment, including whether they report increases in their employment of disabled people as a result of signing up. We expect to publish results...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Employment and Support Allowance: Mental Health (30 Oct 2018)

Sarah Newton: The Department recognises that many of those claiming benefits are particularly vulnerable and we continue to explore ways to improve the customer journey, especially for those with mental health conditions, and have safeguards in place to ensure people are supported throughout the claiming and sanctions processes. Over half of Employment and Support Allowance claimants - 1.2 million people...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Carer's Allowance (30 Oct 2018)

Sarah Newton: The Government recognises and appreciates the vital contribution made by informal carers who provide invaluable support for relatives, partners, friends and neighbours who may be ill, frail or disabled. The Government is already supporting carers in a number of ways, including through the benefit system. Since 2010 the rate of Carer’s Allowance (CA) has increased from £53.90 to...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Work Capability Assessment: Mental Illness (30 Oct 2018)

Sarah Newton: Work is ongoing with the Work Capability Assessment provider to fully review their process for dealing with requests for a home visit. This review will consider all aspects of the process, including how claimants requiring a home visit can be identified more effectively at the beginning of the process, the ease with which a claimant can request a visit, and how we can make more efficient use...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Work Capability Assessment (30 Oct 2018)

Sarah Newton: Information is not held by mental or physical illness, nor is it broken down by specific location. To obtain this information would involve disproportionate costs. From May 2015 to September 2018 there have been 18,599 Home Visits for Work Capability Assessments conducted throughout England.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Suicide (29 Oct 2018)

Sarah Newton: Suicide is a tragic and complex issue which we take extremely seriously. The Government’s Suicide Prevention Strategy, backed by £1.5 million for research, aims to reduce the suicide rate and provide better support to those bereaved or affected by a suicide. The well-being of people accessing and receiving support from DWP is of the utmost importance and we have improved...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Personal Independence Payment (29 Oct 2018)

Sarah Newton: The contracts awarded for the delivery of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) do not include targets in relation to the performance of individual assessors. The Department has a set of service level agreements setting out the expectations for overall service delivery, which is measured at Provider level rather than by assessor. These include the quality of assessment reports, number of days...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Personal Independence Payment: Glasgow North East (29 Oct 2018)

Sarah Newton: This information is not readily available at constituency level and could only be provided at disproportionate cost. The Department for Work and Pensions is responsible for the disability benefits that provide a passport to the Motability scheme. While the Department works closely with Motability, it is an independent charitable organisation that is wholly responsible for the terms and the...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Mental Illness (29 Oct 2018)

Sarah Newton: This information is not readily available and can only be obtained at disproportionate cost. There is some information on Universal Credit appeals and overturn rates in the Tribunals and Gender Recognition Statistics published by the Ministry of Justice, however this does not include segmentation by nature of diagnosis.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Personal Independence Payment: Epilepsy (29 Oct 2018)

Sarah Newton: We are committed to ensuring claimants receive high quality, accurate assessments and monitor assessment quality through independent audit. DWP Decision Makers can return reports to Assessment Providers for rework/additional advice if they feel that the information within a report does not fully justify the recommendation given. A range of measures, including provider improvement plans,...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations (29 Oct 2018)

Sarah Newton: The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) does not hold the information requested. We are committed to ensuring claimants receive high quality, accurate assessments and monitor assessment quality through independent audit. DWP Decision Makers can return reports to Assessment Providers for rework/additional advice if they feel that the information within a report does not fully justify the...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Appeals (29 Oct 2018)

Sarah Newton: Functional assessments are delivered on behalf of the Department by a range of suppliers. The Department requires Health Professionals to have broad training in disability analysis, as well as awareness training in specific conditions. These include autism. Health Professionals carrying out these functional assessments have access to training such as evidence based protocols, e-learning...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Personal Independence Payment (26 Oct 2018)

Sarah Newton: Statistics on the average length of time for Personal Independence Payment appeals to be cleared are provided in Table T.3 of the quarterly bulletin “Tribunals and gender recognition certificate statistics quarterly – April to June 2018” published by the Ministry of Justice. These can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/tribunals-and-gende...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Mental Health (26 Oct 2018)

Sarah Newton: The Department recognises that many of those claiming benefits are particularly vulnerable and we continue to explore ways to improve the customer journey, especially for those with mental health conditions, and have safeguards in place to ensure that people are supported throughout the process.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Employment and Support Allowance (26 Oct 2018)

Sarah Newton: No-one suffered a cash loss when they were converted from incapacity benefits to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) because, where the amount of ESA they were entitled to was lower than the previous incapacity benefit award, it was ‘topped up’ to match their previous award by a transitional addition. A Written Statement and Frequently Asked Question document was deposited in...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Employment and Support Allowance (26 Oct 2018)

Sarah Newton: We will be reviewing all those cases potentially affected and paying any arrears of past payments that are due. Our focus is on paying arrears to claimants in line with the primary legislation. A Written Statement and Frequently Asked Question document was deposited in the House of Commons Library on Wednesday 17th October which can be found at...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Employment and Support Allowance: Ross, Skye and Lochaber (25 Oct 2018)

Sarah Newton: We are not able to make robust estimates of the numbers of cases likely to be due arrears as part of the exercise to correct underpayments of Employment and Support Allowance, at regional or parliamentary constituency level. All estimated numbers and amounts are available at national level only. We are focusing our efforts on contacting all potentially affected individuals to ensure they...


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