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Incapacity Benefits

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 8th November 2011.

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Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what information his Department holds on the number of letters sent to incapacity benefit claimants informing them that their reassessment was about to commence in each week since the beginning of February 2011.

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

Between 28 February 2011 and 3 April 2011 my Department issued 1,000 letters each week to incapacity benefit claimants informing them that their reassessment was about to commence. This figure increased to 7,210 a week from 4 April 2011 and since 5 May 2011 the Department has issued 11,005 letters each week. This will continue until the 27 December 2013.

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