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Work Capability Assessment

Volume 507: debated on Monday 8 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many recipients of employment and support allowance were required to take a work capability assessment in each of the last six months. (319995)

[holding answer 3 March 2010]: From 27 October 2008 we replaced incapacity benefits for new customers with the employment and support allowance and a revised medical assessment which focuses on what people can do, as well as what they cannot.

The available information is in the following table.

Work capability assessment breakdown showing the number of people assessed by month of assessment from September 2009 to November 2009


Total assessed

September 2009


October 2009


November 2009



1. November 2009 is the latest month for which data is available.

2. A small number of employment and support allowance claims have been assessed more than once. Repeat assessments are excluded from these figures.

3. The data are published online at:


Employment and Support Allowance: Work Capability Assessment Statistical Release: January 2010