Employment and Support Allowance

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 26th March 2015.

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Photo of Joan Walley Joan Walley Chair, Environmental Audit Committee, Chair, Environmental Audit Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what training is provided to GPs and other healthcare professions on completing the ESA 50 form; and what steps his Department is taking to monitor and update that training.

Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions) (Disabled People)

The ESA 50 is completed by claimants with help from a friend, relative, carer or representative such as a support worker if needed.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/408008/esa-50-capability-for-work-questionnaire.pdf

Therefore no training is required or provided to GPs and other healthcare professions on completing it.

Guidance and information for GPs and other healthcare professionals from the DWP can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/healthcare-practitioners-guidance-and-information-from-dwp

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