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1007132
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-14more like thisremove minimum value filter
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Personal Independence Payment: Multiple Sclerosis more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of people with multiple sclerosis in Newcastle upon Tyne North are no longer eligible for the higher rate of mobility support as a result of the transition from disability living allowance to personal independence payments (PIP) in each year since PIP was introduced. more like this
tabling member constituency Newcastle upon Tyne North more like this
tabling member printed
Catherine McKinnell more like this
uin 191414 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-11-22more like thismore than 2018-11-22
answer text <p>The table below shows the number and percentage of DLA (Disability Living Allowance) higher mobility award claimants with Multiple Sclerosis in the Newcastle upon Tyne North constituency by year of reassessment to Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and PIP mobility award level.</p><p> </p><p>Table 1: Number and percentage of DLA higher mobility award claimants with Multiple Sclerosis in the Newcastle upon Tyne North constituency by year of reassessment to PIP and PIP mobility award level.</p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>-</p></td><td><p>Nil or Standard PIP Mobility</p></td><td><p>PIP Enhanced Mobility</p></td><td><p>Total</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2015</p></td><td><p>#</p></td><td><p>#</p></td><td><p>#</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2016</p></td><td><p>10 (50%)</p></td><td><p>10 (50%)</p></td><td><p>20</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2017 (to October 31st)</p></td><td><p>10 (50%)</p></td><td><p>10 (50%)</p></td><td><p>20</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>Notes:</strong></p><ul><li>Data is based on primary disabling condition as recorded on the DLA computer system. Claimants may often have multiple disabling conditions upon which the decision is based but only the primary condition is shown in these statistics.</li><li>A reassessment claimant may have different main disabling conditions recorded on the DLA and PIP systems. Claimants who were recorded as terminally ill on the DLA system are not included in the above statistics.</li><li>Figures include reassessment outcomes for individuals who were aged between 16 and 64 on 8th April 2013, and include both PIP Normal Rules and Special Rules for the Terminally Ill claims.</li><li>A claimant’s DLA award of higher mobility rate is at the time of their PIP reassessment registration.</li><li>PIP award is prior to any mandatory reconsideration or Appeal action.</li><li>This is unpublished data. It should be used with caution and it may be subject to future revision.</li><li>Data is taken from the PIP and DLA computer system’s management information.</li><li>Data is to 31<sup>st</sup> October 2017 and excludes DLA claimants who did not respond to their PIP invitation.</li><li>Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10 and percentages have been rounded to the nearest 1%. “#” indicates a number greater than or equal to 1 but less than 5.</li><li>Figures are for Great Britain only.</li></ul>
answering member constituency Truro and Falmouth more like this
answering member printed Sarah Newton more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-11-22T14:34:46.29Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-22T14:34:46.29Z
answering member
4071
label Biography information for Sarah Newton more like this
previous answer version
85875
answering member constituency Truro and Falmouth more like this
answering member printed Sarah Newton more like this
answering member
4071
label Biography information for Sarah Newton more like this
tabling member
4125
label Biography information for Catherine McKinnell more like this
1010705
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-20more like thismore than 2018-11-20
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Universal Credit: Easington more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 15 November 2018 to Question 190427, what information her Department collects on the number of home consultations carried out by the Centre for Health and Disabilities Assessment as part of its universal credit contract. more like this
tabling member constituency Easington more like this
tabling member printed
Grahame Morris more like this
uin 193440 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-11-26more like thismore than 2018-11-26
answer text <p>The Centre for Health and Disability Assessments delivers Work Capability Assessments (WCA) on behalf of DWP for Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit. The number of WCA Universal Credit home consultations delivered since the start of the contract in March 2015 is 308.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Truro and Falmouth more like this
answering member printed Sarah Newton more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-11-26T12:31:50.47Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-26T12:31:50.47Z
answering member
4071
label Biography information for Sarah Newton more like this
previous answer version
86884
answering member constituency Truro and Falmouth more like this
answering member printed Sarah Newton more like this
answering member
4071
label Biography information for Sarah Newton more like this
tabling member
3973
label Biography information for Grahame Morris more like this
1010786
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-20more like thismore than 2018-11-20
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Access to Work Programme more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of people found eligible for support from Access to Work do not submit a claim for equipment or support after their award has been approved. more like this
tabling member constituency East Ham more like this
tabling member printed
Stephen Timms more like this
uin 193360 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-12-05more like thismore than 2018-12-05
answer text <p>We do not routinely collect data on the reasons why payments may not have been made.</p><p> </p><p>The table below shows the proportion of individuals who had any Access to Work element approved in 2016/17 but to whom no payment was made within 12 months.</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>The number of people who had any Access to Work Element approved in 2016/17</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Proportion of individuals for whom no payment was made for any Access to Work element approved in 2016/17 wit</strong><strong>hin 12 months of approval</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>23,510</p></td><td><p>40%</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p><strong> </strong></p><p>We recently published independent qualitative research, conducted with a small sample of Access to Work recipients, which provides some insight into why some recipients whose applications are approved do not take up payment.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>This research can be viewed here: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/access-to-work-research-review" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/access-to-work-research-review</a></p>
answering member constituency Truro and Falmouth more like this
answering member printed Sarah Newton more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-12-05T15:27:51.793Zmore like thismore than 2018-12-05T15:27:51.793Z
answering member
4071
label Biography information for Sarah Newton more like this
previous answer version
86885
answering member constituency Truro and Falmouth more like this
answering member printed Sarah Newton more like this
answering member
4071
label Biography information for Sarah Newton more like this
tabling member
163
label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
1019786
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-12-04more like thismore than 2018-12-04
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Sign Language more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to her Department's response to the consultation entitled, Market review of British Sign Language and communications provision for people who are deaf or have hearing loss, published in July 2017, what steps her Department has taken to fill the evidence gaps identified by respondents. more like this
tabling member constituency Cardiff South and Penarth more like this
tabling member printed
Stephen Doughty more like this
uin 198838 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-12-11more like thismore than 2018-12-11
answer text <p>The ‘Market review of British Sign Language and communications provision for people who are deaf or have hearing loss’ was a review of the present state of the market for support that facilitates communication for people who are deaf, deaf-blind or have hearing loss and those that need to engage with them.</p><p> </p><p>DWP worked with a wide range of stakeholders to develop the review’s parameters and criteria. These partners included other government departments; organisations that work for and with people who are deaf, Deafblind or have a hearing loss; and individuals from the communication and language professions. However, as was stated in the Report, it was not within the scope of the review to make policy recommendations based on the evidence received.</p><p> </p><p>The review aimed to look at provision in the UK as a whole, covering all forms of language and communication support. Interested organisations and individuals were publically invited to make a submission to the review. As was explained in the report, DWP did not undertake field research during the course of this work and the accuracy of information submitted during the review has therefore not been further assured by the department.</p><p> </p><p>This report published in July 2017 was a summary of the responses received. The report highlights current available evidence relating to the areas under review, including relevant published statistical data, and summarises common themes that were evident in the wide range of submissions that were received.</p><p>The review was designed to be a useful information resource, which would allow commissioners across both the public and private sector to make more informed decisions. The review is also a resource for policymakers. We have not assessed its impact across the public sector, but we can say that findings from the review informed DWP’s decision to increase the Access to Work Cap from £43,100 p.a. to £57,200 p.a. with effect from April 2018. Access to Work is also increasingly supporting the use of video relay services to complement support from face-to-face BSL Interpreters and allow for greater flexibility.</p><p> </p><p>Recruitment levels among British Sign Language interpreters are influenced by a range of market factors, including demand for their services in social and personal situations, which DWP does not directly influence. However, DWP works closely and on an ongoing basis with people who are deaf of or have hearing loss, as well as relevant stakeholder groups, to ensure their needs are understood and that initiatives like Access to Work help to meet those needs.</p>
answering member constituency Truro and Falmouth more like this
answering member printed Sarah Newton more like this
grouped question UIN
198839 more like this
198840 more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-12-11T10:11:15.197Zmore like thismore than 2018-12-11T10:11:15.197Z
answering member
4071
label Biography information for Sarah Newton more like this
previous answer version
91128
answering member constituency Truro and Falmouth more like this
answering member printed Sarah Newton more like this
answering member
4071
label Biography information for Sarah Newton more like this
tabling member
4264
label Biography information for Stephen Doughty more like this
1019787
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-12-04more like thismore than 2018-12-04
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Sign Language: Public Sector more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to her Department's response to the consultation entitled, Market review of British Sign Language and communications provision for people who are deaf or have hearing loss, published in July 2017, what steps her Department has taken to improve the commissioning of British Sign Language interpretation by the public sector. more like this
tabling member constituency Cardiff South and Penarth more like this
tabling member printed
Stephen Doughty more like this
uin 198839 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-12-11more like thismore than 2018-12-11
answer text <p>The ‘Market review of British Sign Language and communications provision for people who are deaf or have hearing loss’ was a review of the present state of the market for support that facilitates communication for people who are deaf, deaf-blind or have hearing loss and those that need to engage with them.</p><p> </p><p>DWP worked with a wide range of stakeholders to develop the review’s parameters and criteria. These partners included other government departments; organisations that work for and with people who are deaf, Deafblind or have a hearing loss; and individuals from the communication and language professions. However, as was stated in the Report, it was not within the scope of the review to make policy recommendations based on the evidence received.</p><p> </p><p>The review aimed to look at provision in the UK as a whole, covering all forms of language and communication support. Interested organisations and individuals were publically invited to make a submission to the review. As was explained in the report, DWP did not undertake field research during the course of this work and the accuracy of information submitted during the review has therefore not been further assured by the department.</p><p> </p><p>This report published in July 2017 was a summary of the responses received. The report highlights current available evidence relating to the areas under review, including relevant published statistical data, and summarises common themes that were evident in the wide range of submissions that were received.</p><p>The review was designed to be a useful information resource, which would allow commissioners across both the public and private sector to make more informed decisions. The review is also a resource for policymakers. We have not assessed its impact across the public sector, but we can say that findings from the review informed DWP’s decision to increase the Access to Work Cap from £43,100 p.a. to £57,200 p.a. with effect from April 2018. Access to Work is also increasingly supporting the use of video relay services to complement support from face-to-face BSL Interpreters and allow for greater flexibility.</p><p> </p><p>Recruitment levels among British Sign Language interpreters are influenced by a range of market factors, including demand for their services in social and personal situations, which DWP does not directly influence. However, DWP works closely and on an ongoing basis with people who are deaf of or have hearing loss, as well as relevant stakeholder groups, to ensure their needs are understood and that initiatives like Access to Work help to meet those needs.</p>
answering member constituency Truro and Falmouth more like this
answering member printed Sarah Newton more like this
grouped question UIN
198838 more like this
198840 more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-12-11T10:11:15.26Zmore like thismore than 2018-12-11T10:11:15.26Z
answering member
4071
label Biography information for Sarah Newton more like this
previous answer version
91129
answering member constituency Truro and Falmouth more like this
answering member printed Sarah Newton more like this
answering member
4071
label Biography information for Sarah Newton more like this
tabling member
4264
label Biography information for Stephen Doughty more like this
1019788
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-12-04more like thismore than 2018-12-04
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Sign Language more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to her Department's response to the consultation entitled, Market review of British Sign Language and communications provision for people who are deaf or have hearing loss, published in July 2017, what steps her Department has taken to increase the number of fully qualified and registered British Sign Language interpreters. more like this
tabling member constituency Cardiff South and Penarth more like this
tabling member printed
Stephen Doughty more like this
uin 198840 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-12-11more like thismore than 2018-12-11
answer text <p>The ‘Market review of British Sign Language and communications provision for people who are deaf or have hearing loss’ was a review of the present state of the market for support that facilitates communication for people who are deaf, deaf-blind or have hearing loss and those that need to engage with them.</p><p> </p><p>DWP worked with a wide range of stakeholders to develop the review’s parameters and criteria. These partners included other government departments; organisations that work for and with people who are deaf, Deafblind or have a hearing loss; and individuals from the communication and language professions. However, as was stated in the Report, it was not within the scope of the review to make policy recommendations based on the evidence received.</p><p> </p><p>The review aimed to look at provision in the UK as a whole, covering all forms of language and communication support. Interested organisations and individuals were publically invited to make a submission to the review. As was explained in the report, DWP did not undertake field research during the course of this work and the accuracy of information submitted during the review has therefore not been further assured by the department.</p><p> </p><p>This report published in July 2017 was a summary of the responses received. The report highlights current available evidence relating to the areas under review, including relevant published statistical data, and summarises common themes that were evident in the wide range of submissions that were received.</p><p>The review was designed to be a useful information resource, which would allow commissioners across both the public and private sector to make more informed decisions. The review is also a resource for policymakers. We have not assessed its impact across the public sector, but we can say that findings from the review informed DWP’s decision to increase the Access to Work Cap from £43,100 p.a. to £57,200 p.a. with effect from April 2018. Access to Work is also increasingly supporting the use of video relay services to complement support from face-to-face BSL Interpreters and allow for greater flexibility.</p><p> </p><p>Recruitment levels among British Sign Language interpreters are influenced by a range of market factors, including demand for their services in social and personal situations, which DWP does not directly influence. However, DWP works closely and on an ongoing basis with people who are deaf of or have hearing loss, as well as relevant stakeholder groups, to ensure their needs are understood and that initiatives like Access to Work help to meet those needs.</p>
answering member constituency Truro and Falmouth more like this
answering member printed Sarah Newton more like this
grouped question UIN
198838 more like this
198839 more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-12-11T10:11:15.307Zmore like thismore than 2018-12-11T10:11:15.307Z
answering member
4071
label Biography information for Sarah Newton more like this
previous answer version
91130
answering member constituency Truro and Falmouth more like this
answering member printed Sarah Newton more like this
answering member
4071
label Biography information for Sarah Newton more like this
tabling member
4264
label Biography information for Stephen Doughty more like this
1029312
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-12-20more like thismore than 2018-12-20
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Carer's Allowance: Overpayments more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the rate of penalties charged in cases of over payment of Carers Allowance were in each of the last five years. more like this
tabling member constituency High Peak more like this
tabling member printed
Ruth George more like this
uin 204629 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-01-08more like thismore than 2019-01-08
answer text <p>DWP can impose a £50 Civil Penalty for claimant error where enquiries show that a claimant has failed to provide accurate information as part of their benefit claim or in connection with an award of benefit, they have not taken reasonable steps to correct the error and their action has resulted in an overpayment of over £65.</p><p> </p><p>An Administrative Penalty may be offered to claimants as an alternative to a prosecution where an overpayment of benefit has occurred due to an act or omission by that person and there are grounds for instituting proceedings for an offence against the person relating to the overpayment.</p><p> </p><p>The minimum amount of the Administrative Penalty is £350 or 50% of the recoverable overpayment, whichever is greater, up to a maximum of £5,000.</p><p> </p><p>A debtor would not be expected to repay any recoverable benefit overpayment or DWP financial penalty all at once, as repayments can be made over time.</p><p>It is not possible to provide specific Administrative Penalty rates as applied to Carer’s Allowance overpayment cases as this information is not readily available and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.</p><p> </p>
answering member constituency Truro and Falmouth more like this
answering member printed Sarah Newton more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-01-08T17:22:10.143Zmore like thismore than 2019-01-08T17:22:10.143Z
answering member
4071
label Biography information for Sarah Newton more like this
previous answer version
94122
answering member constituency Truro and Falmouth more like this
answering member printed Sarah Newton more like this
answering member
4071
label Biography information for Sarah Newton more like this
tabling member
4662
label Biography information for Ruth George more like this
1046777
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-01-23more like thismore than 2019-01-23
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Severe Disability Premium more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many recipients of (a) employment support allowance, (b) job seeker's allowance and (c) income support received the severe disability premium on (i) 31 December 2016, (ii) 31 December 2017 and (iii) 31 December 2018. more like this
tabling member constituency Westminster North more like this
tabling member printed
Ms Karen Buck more like this
uin 211629 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-01-30more like thismore than 2019-01-30
answer text <p>The number of recipients of Employment and Support Allowance receiving the severe disability premium is shown in the table below:</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p>Recipients of ESA receiving SDP</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>31 December 2016</p></td><td><p>451,000</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>31 December 2017</p></td><td><p>512,000</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>The data for recipients of Employment and Support Allowance on 31 December 2018 has not previously been published and is due to be published later in 2019.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>The information required to answer your question with regards to Jobseekers Allowance and Income Support is not readily available and could only be provided at disproportionate cost - data on recipients of Jobseeker’s Allowance and Income Support receiving the severe disability premium is only readily available for the quarters ending November 2016, November 2017 and November 2018 and can be found here:</p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/people-on-income-related-esa-and-enhanced-or-severe-disability-premium-or-both" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/people-on-income-related-esa-and-enhanced-or-severe-disability-premium-or-both</a></p>
answering member constituency Truro and Falmouth more like this
answering member printed Sarah Newton more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-01-30T14:32:30.997Zmore like thismore than 2019-01-30T14:32:30.997Z
answering member
4071
label Biography information for Sarah Newton more like this
previous answer version
97896
answering member constituency Truro and Falmouth more like this
answering member printed Sarah Newton more like this
answering member
4071
label Biography information for Sarah Newton more like this
tabling member
199
label Biography information for Ms Karen Buck more like this
1055034
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-02-05more like thismore than 2019-02-05
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Personal Independence Payment: Medical Examinations more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 21 January 2019 to Question 208914 on Personal Independence Payment: Medical Examinations, what her Department’s definition is of prescriptive. more like this
tabling member constituency Motherwell and Wishaw more like this
tabling member printed
Marion Fellows more like this
uin 217023 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-02-12more like thismore than 2019-02-12
answer text <p>The word ‘prescriptive’ is not defined in the Personal Independence Payment audit criteria.</p><p>Where DWP considers that assessment reports are not fit for purpose it may return them to Assessment Providers for rework, which will be carried out at their expense.</p><p>The criteria are that reports will be:</p><ul><li>fair and impartial;</li><li>legible and concise;</li><li>in accordance with relevant legislation;</li><li>comprehensive, clearly explaining the medical issues raised, fully clarifying any contradictions in evidence;</li><li>in plain English and free of medical jargon and unexplained medical abbreviations;</li><li>presented clearly; and</li><li>complete.</li></ul><p>The rework action to be taken by Assessment Providers will vary on a case-by-case basis. Wherever possible, cases should be discussed with the original Health Professional or referred back to them for further action to be taken.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Truro and Falmouth more like this
answering member printed Sarah Newton more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-02-12T11:07:09.073Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-12T11:07:09.073Z
answering member
4071
label Biography information for Sarah Newton more like this
previous answer version
100775
answering member constituency Truro and Falmouth more like this
answering member printed Sarah Newton more like this
answering member
4071
label Biography information for Sarah Newton more like this
tabling member
4440
label Biography information for Marion Fellows more like this
1055223
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-02-05more like thismore than 2019-02-05
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Social Security Benefits: Neurology more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of people who have a neurological condition applying for assessment for (a) personal independence payment and (b) employment and support allowance who are assessed by an appropriate health care professional for that neurological condition in each year for which information is available. more like this
tabling member constituency Blackpool South more like this
tabling member printed
Gordon Marsden more like this
uin 216965 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-02-12more like thismore than 2019-02-12
answer text <p>The information requested is not available.</p><p> </p><p>Medical condition data is collected from the point of claim on Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) from claimants’ fit notes, and at Work Capability Assessments (WCA). DWP statistics on the number of applications for ESA are grouped into medical conditions based on the International Classification of Diseases 10th Revision (ICD10) published by the World Health Organisation and do not include a specific group of neurological conditions. Information on the number of initial ESA WCA applications by available groups of medical conditions are available at: <a href="https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/jsf/login.xhtml" target="_blank">https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk</a>. The Departments’ choice of system for recording groups of medical conditions does not affect the correct administration the benefits individual recipients are entitled to.</p><p> </p><p>In the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) application process, claimants’ main disabling condition is only recorded for collation by the Department at assessment. It is not recorded at the point of application. The Department does not therefore hold data on the number of applicants to PIP with particular conditions. Only those who have a disability assessment determination decision will have a main disabling condition recorded for them. Information on the number of initial decisions made by disabling condition for claimants who had an assessment is published in the PIP clearances table and available at: <a href="https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/jsf/login.xhtml" target="_blank">https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk</a>. PIP main disabling conditions are recorded using a different system to ESA.</p><p> </p><p>Guidance for users of Stat Xplore is available at:</p><p><a href="https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/Getting-Started.html" target="_blank">https://sw.stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/Getting-Started.html</a></p><p> </p><p>All assessments of claimants to ESA and PIP are carried out by appropriate Health Professionals. They are functional assessments which focus not on a claimant’s condition but on the functional effects of that condition. All Health Professionals have passed strict recruitment and experience criteria and are registered with a relevant regulatory body.</p><p> </p><p>Healthcare Professionals carrying out assessments for PIP and WCAs for ESA must have 2 years of clinical experience (or less than 2 years post full registration experience by individual agreement with the Department) and are trained to undertake functional assessments. In addition, they complete training on neurological conditions and have access to a range of relevant resources.</p><p> </p><p>Health Professionals can engage with claimants’ specialists where necessary to gather supporting medical evidence.</p><p> </p>
answering member constituency Truro and Falmouth more like this
answering member printed Sarah Newton more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-02-12T13:39:13.497Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-12T13:39:13.497Z
answering member
4071
label Biography information for Sarah Newton more like this
previous answer version
100778
answering member constituency Truro and Falmouth more like this
answering member printed Sarah Newton more like this
answering member
4071
label Biography information for Sarah Newton more like this
tabling member
465
label Biography information for Gordon Marsden more like this