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Work Capability Assessment: Mentally Ill

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent changes have been made to Work Capability Assessments to take account of the circumstances of those with fluctuating mental health conditions; and if she will make a statement. (290946)

There have not been any recent changes to the Work Capability Assessment. However, when it was introduced in October 2008, it was designed to ensure that people with mental health conditions are better identified and that their functional ability and support needs are correctly assessed. In addition, to allow for fluctuating conditions, the Work Capability Assessment does not take a snapshot of a person’s condition on the day of assessment. Instead it looks at the person’s level of function over time and considers whether they are able to complete actions reliably and repeatedly.