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Incapacity Benefit

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of completed work capability assessments have involved former claimants of incapacity benefit; and if she will make a statement. (294742)

[holding answer 21 October 2009]: National level statistics on the Work Capability Assessment covering Great Britain were published on 13 October 2009 and are available via the Office for National Statistics Publication Hub. A copy of the publication has been placed in the Library and can be accessed directly on the following website:

http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/workingage/esa_wca.asp

Full benefit information for completed Work Capability Assessments is not available as some assessments cannot yet be linked to an Employment and Support Allowance claim. The volume and percentage of all Employment and Support Allowance new claims from October 2008 to February 2009 that have completed the Work Capability Assessment with an incapacity benefit claim in the previous two years are provided in the following table.

Number and percentage of employment and support allowance new claims from October 2008 to February 2009 completing the work capability assessment with an incapacity benefit claim in the two years prior to the employment and support allowance claim

Number

Percentage

Total

20,400

Percentage

20

Notes:

1. These data are based on recorded advice from ATOS, rather than the Decision Maker’s final determination. The final outcomes of cases may change. This will be further compounded by reconsiderations following additional medical evidence and the outcomes of appeals. Full guidance on the national figures is included in the published statistics referred to in the table.

2. Figures are rounded to the nearest 100.