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Work Capability Assessment

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 11th June 2012.

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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 with reference to the answer of 23 April 2012, Official Report, column 668W, on work capability assessments, what information his Department holds on the back-to-work prognosis of claimants who have been assessed under the work capability assessment.

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

The Department holds information on Atos' recommendations for prognosis periods for standard prognosis periods of three, six, 12, or 18 months, not for two years, not in the longer term, terminally ill and unknown. These are recommendations only and the final decision on prognosis periods rests solely with the Department's decision makers taking into account the medical assessment reports from Atos and any other relevant information.

The Department's computer systems track the decision makers' decisions on prognosis periods. This information, however, is not extracted from the computer systems and therefore this information is not included in management information or administrative datasets.

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