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Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

Volume 482: debated on Wednesday 5 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what procedure is followed when a claimant presents him or herself at a (a) personal capacity assessment and (b) work capability assessment but is not in a fit state to be assessed due to intoxication. (231889)

[holding answer 3 November 2008]: Where a claimant is not in a fit state to be assessed for a personal capability assessment or a work capability assessment the relevant papers are returned to Jobcentre Plus by Medical Services to decide whether benefit is to be disallowed or whether a further assessment is to be arranged. Decisions are made taking into account the medical condition of the claimant and any other relevant factors. Where benefit is disallowed the claimant can request a reconsideration of the decision or appeal to an independent tribunal.