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Work Capability Assessments

Volume 603: debated on Monday 7 December 2015

21. When his Department next plans to publish information on people who have died after undergoing work capability assessments. (902581)

That is a source of great regret. A recent study by Liverpool and Oxford Universities concluded that 590 suicides were linked to work capability assessments. When will the Department stop hiding behind excuses and publish the information that we seek, so that we can examine the effect of the claimant system on suicide rates?

We do not agree with those claims, and the authors themselves caution that no conclusions can be drawn about cause and effect.