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Unemployment Benefits: Medical Examinations

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 9 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much her Department has paid to health-care companies for conducting capability assessments in (a) the UK and (b) Scotland since 27 October 2008. (317757)

The cost of conducting the medical assessment process associated with employment and support allowance is £51.07 million covering the period from 27 October 2008 up to 22 February 2010. This covers the full costs of the medical assessments including work-focused health-related assessments, gathering information from customers and health care professionals, necessary investments in information technology and infrastructure and set-up costs.

The contract is provided on a national basis. A separate cost of providing medical services for Scotland is not available.