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Personal Capability Assessment

Volume 449: debated on Wednesday 19 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the Department proposes to pilot the proposed new Personal Capability Assessment referred to in the Green Paper “A new deal for welfare”; and if he will make a statement. (75385)

We will not use formal ‘piloting’ powers for the revised PCA. However, we are committed to testing the new regime by running it in parallel with the current assessment to compare outcomes—we are calling this ‘dummy runs’ of the revised PCA using live assessments. This will play no part in deciding entitlement to incapacity benefit, but will allow us to test the new assessment and make any subsequently required adjustments.