Social Security Benefits: Mental Illness

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered at on 31 January 2019.

Alert me about debates like this

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, what steps her Department takes to assess the effectiveness of mental health champions in (a) personal independence payment and (b) work capability assessments.

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

The Department outsourced the PIP and ESA assessments to providers and the Mental Health Function Champion (MHFC) role is delivered through them. MHFCs are part of a package of resources available to Health Professionals to help them assess claimants with Mental Health needs.

The Department monitors all elements of the provider’s performance including the quality of assessments, which are assessed through an independent audit, with feedback provided to the provider.

Does this answer the above question?

Yes1 person thinks so

No1 person thinks not

Would you like to ask a question like this yourself? Use our Freedom of Information site.