Universal Credit

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 17th October 2018.

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Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will bring forward legislative proposals to allow for a universal credit work capability assessment appointment to be expedited in cases in which her Department has delayed issuing the UC50 form to a claimant.

Photo of Alok Sharma Alok Sharma The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The Capability for Work questionnaire UC50 and covering letter is issued to the claimant by first class mail the day after they are referred for a Work Capability Assessment. They have a period of four weeks in which to return the completed questionnaire, and are issued a further reminder letter if they have not replied within three weeks.

There have been no recorded issues with delays in sending these forms out, but we would welcome any information of issues, to allow us to continue to refine and improve our processes.

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