Incapacity Benefit: Sunderland

Work and Pensions written question – answered at on 27 April 2011.

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Photo of Sharon Hodgson Sharon Hodgson Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether any workplace capability assessments have been conducted on existing incapacity benefit claimants in the Sunderland area in place of personal capability assessments to date.

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

Reassessing all those on incapacity benefits is a significant task and we are undertaking it in a staged way in order to manage risks and learn from experience.

The process began on 11 October 2010 with a trial which was restricted to cases in the Aberdeen and Burnley areas.

The next step, from 28 February 2011, was an introductory phase involving small numbers of cases nationally-the first work capability assessments (WCAs) from this phase are due to commence from 11 April 2011 and this may include small numbers of cases from Sunderland.

Full roll-out of national reassessment began on 4 April 2011. To date this exercise has not generated any WCAs.

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