Work Capability Assessment

Work and Pensions written question – answered am ar 1 Medi 2014.

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Photo of Glenda Jackson Glenda Jackson Llafur, Hampstead and Kilburn

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many employment and support allowance claimants with (a) rheumatoid arthritis, (b) cystic fibrosis, (c) multiple sclerosis, (d) motor neurone disease and (e) Parkinson's disease have undergone multiple work capability assessments on a single claim; and what proportion each of these comprise of the claimant total.

Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions) (Disabled People)

The information requested is shown in the table.

Number and proportion of repeat functional assessments for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claimants by disease code: October 2008-September 2013
  Cystic Fibrosis Spinal Muscular Atrophy Parkinson’s Disease Multiple Sclerosis Other Rheumatoid Arthritis
Number of repeat claims where functional assessment has been completed 500 200 1,500 8,200 7,800
Proportion of claimant total; where functional assessment has been completed (percentage) 0.04 0.02 0.13 0.68 0.65
Notes: 1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 100. Proportions are shown to 2 decimal places. 2. Motor neurone disease is shown in the table as 'Spinal muscular atrophy'. 3. The data presented above comes from benefit claims data held by the Department for Work and Pensions. In October 2008, ESA replaced IB for new claims. Starting with a trial in October 2010, and reaching a full scale national roll-out in April 2011, existing IB claims began to be phased out, with claimants reassessed to see if they qualify for ESA instead. Source: Data in the table above is derived from administrative data held by the DWP and assessment data provided by Atos Healthcare.

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