Work Capability Assessment

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 21st March 2011.

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Photo of Stephen Lloyd Stephen Lloyd Liberal Democrat, Eastbourne

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department has engaged Unum in the (a) design and (b) administration of the (i) work capability assessment and (ii) appeals process.

Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The work capability assessment was developed in 2008 with the assistance of technical working groups. As you may be aware, the Government consult widely with stakeholders and sources of public and private sector expertise, to ensure that its policies are evidence-based. Two Unum employees, a doctor and an occupational therapist, were invited to join the technical working group that carried out the review of the personal capability assessment. As with all members of the technical working group they were appointed as recognised experts in benefit assessment and in supporting return to work for people with disability.

I can confirm that since the initial review of the personal capability assessment as part of the technical working groups, that representatives of the company, Unum, have not been involved in either the administration or review of the work capability assessment.

The Department of Work and Pension has also not engaged with Unum in the design or administration of the appeals process.

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Atos Victims Group Atos Victims Group
Posted on 23 May 2011 5:48 pm (Report this annotation)

It would be nice to get a clear answer from a politician for a change.

Can the Mr.Grayling do the public the favour of telling them how they have the gaul to accept the conclusions and advice from two Unum representatives when this company have such a disgraceful record?

They have been fined millions of dollars in the United States for being what a Judge said" A disability denial factory"

The corruption is widespread between both of the major political parties over this, it will all eventually come out and bite...