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Work Capability Assessment

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 24th November 2011.

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Photo of Yvonne Fovargue Yvonne Fovargue Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Atos work capability assessments took over 35 days in (a) England and (b) Makerfield constituency in the latest period for which figures are available.

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

In October 2011 the number of Atos work capability assessments taking over 35 days was:

(a) in England 63,706;

(b) of which 741 were completed at Wigan MEC which is the nearest Medical Examination Centre to Makerfield constituency.

Work capability assessments include employment support allowance (ESA) assessments which have an average actual clearance time (AACT) target of 35 days and other assessments which do not.

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