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Social Security Benefits: Mental Illness

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 211810, tabled on 23 January 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department takes to assess the effectiveness of mental health champions in (a) personal independence payment and (b) work capability assessments.

Answered on

31 January 2019

The Department outsourced the PIP and ESA assessments to providers and the Mental Health Function Champion (MHFC) role is delivered through them. MHFCs are part of a package of resources available to Health Professionals to help them assess claimants with Mental Health needs.

The Department monitors all elements of the provider’s performance including the quality of assessments, which are assessed through an independent audit, with feedback provided to the provider.