Employment and Support Allowance

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 13th September 2013.

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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 for what reasons applicants for employment and support allowance with a debilitating progressive condition found unlikely to return to work by an Atos Healthcare professional are being placed, following a work capability assessment, in the work-related activity group; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Mark Hoban Mark Hoban The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

A Claimant placed in the Work Related Activity Group is considered able to undertake work related activity which may help some with progressive conditions find suitable employment. In addition, although the health of some claimants can deteriorate, others may find their function improves whilst others adapt to their condition. This could be in response to changes in treatment, rehabilitation or new treatments that become available. Appropriate review ensures that an individual continues to receive the right level of support, including being moved into the Support Group if necessary.

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