Work Capability Assessment

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 27th March 2014.

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Photo of Kate Green Kate Green Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are currently awaiting work capability assessments.

Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

In May 2010 there were 225,000 cases with Atos Healthcare and as of 28 February 2014 there were around 766,000 outstanding cases awaiting work capability assessments being completed. This figure does not include cases yet to be referred to Atos or cases referred to Atos but where the claimant has yet to return the claimant questionnaire.

This includes:

(a) around 371,000 new claimants of employment and support allowance who should be receiving the assessment rate of the benefit;

(b) around 293,000 existing recipients of employment and support allowance awaiting a review; and

(c) around 102,000 existing incapacity benefit recipients awaiting reassessment.

This figure is based on operational management information received from Atos Healthcare and is rounded to the nearest thousand.

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