Access to Work Programme: Medical Examinations

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered at on 19 February 2024.

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Photo of Gregory Campbell Gregory Campbell Shadow DUP Spokesperson (International Development), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to quality assure average times taken to make decisions on Access to Work assessments to National Statistics publication standard.

Photo of Mims Davies Mims Davies The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Access to Work Official Statistics are published annually and show the number of people who had Access to Work provision approved, number of people who received at least one Access to Work payment and Access to Work expenditure.

However, the publication does not include average time taken to make decisions as the data on this is not of sufficient quality to meet the standard requirement for an Official Statistics publication. There are currently no plans to quality assure the data to an Official Statistics publication standard.

DWP Official Statistics are produced and published in line with the 3 pillars of the Code of Practice for Statistics which are built around three main concepts, or pillars:

  • Trustworthiness – is about having confidence in the people and organisations that publish statistics
  • Quality – is about using data and methods that produce assured statistics
  • Value – is about publishing statistics that support society’s needs for information

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