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Work Capability Assessment

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 7143, tabled on 25 May 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when face-to-face work capability assessments for social security allowances will resume.

Answered on

7 June 2021

Following their suspension in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, from 17 May 2021 we have resumed face-to-face Work Capability Assessments for Employment and Support Allowance claimants, and for Universal Credit claimants who have reported a disability or health condition that affects their ability to work. Initially they will only be for those who we are unable to assess by other channels, and are taking place alongside existing paper-based assessments, telephone assessments and a small number of video assessments where suitable.

The Honourable Gentleman can find further information on the resumption of face-to-face assessments, including guidance for claimants and assessment providers on their safe resumption, on GOV.UK

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