Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 11th October 2018.

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Photo of Marion Fellows Marion Fellows SNP Whip, Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Small Business, Enterprise and Innovation)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many audits on health assessments have been undertaken for (a) employment support allowance and (b) personal independence payments in each of the last five years.

Photo of Sarah Newton Sarah Newton The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

Please find attached numbers as requested. We’ve interpreted the request as audits for all WCA and PIP assessments given that the request is a) ESA b) personal. The numbers below relate to audits undertaken in order for the department to measure contractual quality service levels. The providers also conduct internal auditing to assure quality and these figures are not included.

The number of health assessments randomly audited is available from the commencement of the independent audit process. This was from March 15 for WCA audits (which include ESA, UC and IBR) and from June 16 for PIP audits.


From March 2015



2018 to August






DWP Independent Audit MI


from June2016


2018 to August





DWP Independent Audit MI

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