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Incapacity Benefit

Volume 494: debated on Friday 19 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if she will bring forward proposals to make it mandatory for incapacity benefit assessors to take account of the advice of a person's GP during that person's assessment for incapacity benefit. (281256)

The provision of medical evidence from a person's GP is required under current regulations. This evidence is gathered as part of the process for claiming incapacity benefit before a personal capability assessment takes place. Additionally, the Department's external medical provider regularly requests additional medical evidence from GPs according to the circumstances of the case. All the available evidence is taken into account by the decision maker in deciding whether or not a person is incapable of work and entitled to incapacity benefit.