Social Security Benefits: Motor Neurone Disease

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 7th November 2017.

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Photo of Nicholas Soames Nicholas Soames Conservative, Mid Sussex

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to ensure the prompt payment of benefits to people with motor neurone disease; whether his Department plans to make changes to that regime for such people; and if he will make a statement.

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

We are committed to processing all claims as quickly as possible, while ensuring we have all the evidence we need to make the right decisions. In Personal Independence Payment around 81,000 claims are processed each month compared with 80,000 per month this time last year. As at July 2017 the average claimant was waiting 8 weeks for an assessment for both new and reassessment claims. Where a claimant is terminally ill, their claim is fast tracked, these cases are currently taking just 6 working days to clear.

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