Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 22nd October 2018.

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Photo of Angela Crawley Angela Crawley Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Disabilities), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Pensions), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Youth affairs), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Children and Families), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Equalities)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much money from the public purse has been paid to private firms to carry out health assessments for her Department in each year for which information is available.

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

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

Total Expenditure (£m)

112.8

112.4

114.3

80.7

280.4

367.8

443.8

449.3

These figures cover the direct cost of delivering work capability assessments, the medical assessments undertaken for other benefits, costs relating to written and verbal medical advice, fixed overheads, administrative costs, investment in new technology and other service improvement expenditure incurred by the Department.

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