Work Capability Assessment

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 11th June 2014.

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Photo of Graeme Morrice Graeme Morrice Labour, Livingston

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

(1) how many workplace capability assessments have been passed from his Department to Atos for processing in each of the last three years;

(2) how many workplace capability assessments have been processed by Atos within 35 working days to date;

(3) what the current actual average clearance time is for a workplace capability assessment;

(4) what penalties his Department is able to levy on workplace capability assessment providers who miss targets;

(5) how many workplace capability assessments have been submitted to Atos, processed and returned within 35 working days in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland and (c) West Lothian local authority area in each of the last three years.

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

The number of employment and support allowance and incapacity benefit reassessment work capability assessment referrals to Atos Healthcare in each of the last three years is as follows:

  Number
1 June 2011 to 31 May 2012 1,553,839
1 June 2012 to 31 May 2013 1,742,593
1 June 2013 to 31 May 2014 1,495,159

For the period October 2008 to May 2014, there have been 3,431,528 employment and support allowance and incapacity benefit reassessment cases processed by Atos Healthcare within 35 days.

The latest (April 2014) national employment and support allowance work capability assessment actual average clearance time (AACT) is 118.9 days.

There are a range of financial remedies available within the medical services contract to address service level failure. However this is a matter of commercial in confidence between the Department for Work and Pensions and its supplier Atos Healthcare.

The number of employment and support allowance and incapacity benefit allowance cases that were referred to Atos Healthcare processed and returned within 35 days in each of the last three years is as follows:

(a) UK Number
1 June 2011 to 31 May 2012 767,674
1 June 2012 to 31 May 2013 1,073,987
1 June 2013 to 31 May 2014 249,305
(b) Scotland Number
1 June 2011 to 31 May 2012 97,951
1 June 2012 to 31 May 2013 133,923
1 June 2013 to 31 May 2014 58,326

(c) West Lothian local authority area

The information requested is not available.

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