Work Capability Assessment

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 19th February 2019.

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Photo of Margaret Greenwood Margaret Greenwood Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the extent to which the descriptors used for Work Capability Assessments take proper account of the way that people can be affected by impairment of stamina, breathing or fatigue.

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

All healthcare professionals who carry out Work Capability Assessments (WCAs) receive training on the assessment of claimants with fluctuating conditions associated with fatigue and breathlessness. Furthermore the WCA Handbook for healthcare professionals has a section dedicated to the assessment of variable / fluctuating conditions.

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