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Social Security Benefits: Chronic Illnesses

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 6597, tabled on 13 July 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make it his policy to ensure that people with incurable, chronic conditions do not undertake repeated fit-for-work assessments.

Answered on

16 July 2015

The Work Capability Assessment focuses on the functional effects of an individual’s condition rather than the actual condition itself. Repeat assessments are designed to ensure that claimants continue to receive their correct entitlement to benefit. Where a decision can be made based on the available paper evidence alone it will be.

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