Mental Illness: Work Capability Assessments

Department of Health written question – answered on 12th January 2017.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received from mental health charities in relation to work capability assessments for people with mental health issues; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Nicola Blackwood Nicola Blackwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

As part of the Work, Health and Disability Green Paper published by the Department of Health and the Department for Work and Pensions, we are consulting on ways to reform the Work Capability Assessment, to ensure people receive the individualised employment and health support they need alongside the right financial support. This includes people with mental health conditions. As part of the on-going consultation we are engaging with a range of stakeholders, including mental health charities, to discuss ideas for reform and to establish the best way forward.

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