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House of Lords written question – answered on 6th April 2011.

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Photo of Lord German Lord German Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what conclusions they have drawn from the incapacity benefits transition trials in Burnley and Aberdeen.

Photo of Lord Freud Lord Freud The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

On the 11 February the department published interim findings from the trial. These showed that 1,347 decisions had been made at that time. Of these:

399 individuals were disallowed employment and support allowance (30 per cent); 422 individuals were allowed employment and support allowance and placed in the support group (31 per cent); and, 526 individuals were allowed employment and support allowance and placed in the Work Related Activity Group (39 per cent).

These findings were broadly in line with the department's estimates. However, at that time not all 1,700 trial customers had been through the reassessment process. There will be a formal research publication available in due course.

The trial has shown that the reassessment process is working well. It has also provided very valuable feedback and will enable us to enhance a number of areas of the reassessment process.

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