Work Capability Assessment: Mental Health

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 12th November 2010.

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Photo of Ann McKechin Ann McKechin Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many appeals relating to the fit-for-work decision at the initial work capability assessment for employment and support allowance claims related to a mental and behavioural disorder were upheld in (a) Scotland and (b) Glasgow in the most recent 12 month period for which figures are available.

Photo of Steve Webb Steve Webb The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The following table details the results of appeals relating to the fit-for-work decision at the initial work capability assessment for claims between October 2008 and August 2009 related to a mental and behavioural disorder for Scotland and Glasgow. A full 12 months of data are not available because ESA only started at the end of October 2008.

Region Appeals heard (to date) Decision in favour of appellant DWP decision upheld
Glasgow 1,200 600 700
Scotland 5,400 2,300 3,100
Notes:

1. Numbers are rounded to the nearest 100 and as a result totals may not sum.

2. The results relate to appeals heard by the end of June 2010.

3. Glasgow is the Glasgow City local authority area.

4. Cases have been selected where the main condition reported at the start of the claim is classified as a mental and behavioural disorder.

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