To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost to his Department was of disability living allowance assessments in the last year for which figures are available; and what estimate he has made of the cost of conducting personal independence payment reassessments for those with complex needs, such as those with autism.
The cost of assessments in support of claims for disability living allowance (DLA) in the last financial year (2010-11) was £14.046 million. These costs were solely for the charges incurred for the provision of evidence from ATOS Healthcare and GP's and do not include costs incurred from processing applications.
My Department has published estimates for personal independence payment assessment services ranging between £300 million to £500 million over three years for the purpose of a competitive tender published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU). This would include all new applications and re-assessments for those claimants who are of working age including those with autism.