Social Security Benefits: Disabled

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 30th March 2010.

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Photo of Steve Webb Steve Webb Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of claims for incapacity benefit involved a request for medical information using an IB113 form between October 2007 and October 2008.

Photo of Jonathan R Shaw Jonathan R Shaw Minister of State (Disabled People), Regional Affairs, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Disabled People), Department for Work and Pensions

The available information is in the table.

Total number of incapacity benefit referrals received by Atos Healthcare and the total number where an IB113 form was requested, October 2007 to October 2008.
Month Incapacity benefit referrals GP report requested Percentage of referrals where a GP report was requested
October 2007 157,450 19,731 13
November 2007 172,627 23,017 13
December 2007 93,527 12,643 14
January 2008 117,143 16,659 14
February 2008 106,102 13,406 13
March 2008 90,202 11,387 13
April 2008 107,539 14,363 13
May 2008 94,609 10,986 12
June 2008 102,460 11,990 12
July 2008 104,015 12,347 12
August 2008 84,417 10,244 12
September 2008 102,069 12,647 12
October 2008 107,211 14,588 14
Total 1,439,371 184,008 13
Source:

Atos Healthcare Management Information published to the Department for Work and Pensions.

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dean stockton
Posted on 17 May 2010 3:55 pm (Report this annotation)

Well the more medical notes they have to read the less money they can make so easier to use underhand tactics to get people with poor memory off the higher paying ESA and maybe DLA