Social Security Benefits

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 18th September 2017.

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Photo of Debbie Abrahams Debbie Abrahams Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he has plans to increase mental health training for personal independent payment and employment and support allowance assessors.

Photo of Penny Mordaunt Penny Mordaunt The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

Training for Health Professionals on how to identify the impact of mental health conditions on a claimant’s ability to carry out the activities in either assessment, is already a key feature of the training programmes provided by the Assessment Providers.

All Assessment Providers frequently engage with medical experts, charities and relevant stakeholders including mental-health organisations, to strengthen, review and update training programmes for all their Health Professionals.

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