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Work Capability Assessment

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 13th June 2011.

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Photo of Paul Uppal Paul Uppal Conservative, Wolverhampton South West

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions by what means the proposals in the Welfare Reform Bill will take account of the findings of the Harrington review of the work capacity assessment in relation to fluctuating conditions.

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

We are committed to improving the work capability assessment so it is as fair and accurate as possible.

As part of this, we welcome the first independent review of the work capability assessment, led by Professor Malcolm Harrington. We are committed to taking forward all of his recommendations. Most of these changes are already in place and we will implement the remainder by summer to coincide with the first work capability assessments of incapacity benefits claimants taking part in the full nationwide reassessment.

Additionally, as part of his second independent annual review of the work capability assessment, Professor Harrington has already asked a number of charities including the MS Society, Arthritis Care, Parkinsons UK, Colitis UK, Crohns and the National Aids Trust to look in detail at the work capability assessment descriptors for fluctuating conditions.

We look forward to receiving Professor Harrington's recommendations regarding these conditions later this summer.

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