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Work Capability Assessment: Mental Illness

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 12th December 2011.

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Photo of Tom Greatrex Tom Greatrex Shadow Minister (Energy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to publish the reports by the Mental Health and Fluctuating Conditions groups on the work capability assessment; and when any such publication will occur.

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

We currently have no plans to formally publish the reports submitted by Professor Harrington to us on the mental, intellectual and cognitive descriptors and the fluctuating conditions descriptors.

Professor Harrington's second independent review of the work capability assessment was published on 24 November. This contains a précis of the two reports’ recommendations as well as an update on the current position regarding their consideration.

A copy of the mental, intellectual and cognitive descriptors report is available in the House Library. A copy of the fluctuating conditions descriptors report will be made available in the House Library once the Department has had a chance to consider it in detail and has provided feedback to Professor Harrington and those involved in the production of it.

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