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Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 18th 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, with reference to Independent Assessment Service (IAS) reports that have been audited and amended, whether it is her Department's policy to provide the (a) original and (b) amended IAS reports to claimants who request a copy of the IAS report on their assessment.

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

Holding answer received on 17 October 2018

If the audit process or the Case Manager identify that the report is of unacceptable quality it is returned to the assessment provider for a review. The review takes into account all the evidence provided and a further assessment report is then completed and returned to DWP. It is DWP policy to provide only the latest copy of the assessment report to claimants upon request, as this supersedes any previous report and is the report used by the Case Manager to make the decision.

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