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Benefit Payments

Volume 450: debated on Thursday 19 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the (a) Single Assessment Process and (b) Children’s Assessment Forum will be used by (i) Department for Work and Pensions staff in assessing benefit entitlement and (ii) local authorities in assessing eligibility for (A) RADAR keys and (B) blue badges; and if she will make a statement on steps taken to reduce form-filling required by patients. (91112)

[holding answer 18 September 2006): The single assessment process is used to determine an individual’s need for adult social care. It is not appropriate for assessing entitlement to state benefits, Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation (RADAR) keys or blue badges. Policy for children’s services rests with the Department for Education and Skills.

We welcome any initiative that seeks to reduce the burden of red tape, ensures that all collections of data are efficient and eliminates any duplication of effort.