Question to the Department for Work and Pensions:
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of publishing condition specific processing times for work capability assessments referrals from universal credit.
Statistics on Work Capability Assessments for Universal Credit are currently under development for future publication and have not previously been published as official statistics. We will issue them in due course as an official statistics release in accordance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics. Whilst the initial statistics will not have median clearance times, these will be developed for publication in due course. There are no plans to provide these statistics by medical condition.
Statistics on Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) Work Capability Assessment (WCA) outcomes are published quarterly. The latest figures covering the median end-to-end clearance time, which includes ‘claim registration to WCA referral’ by month of clearance up to March 2020, can be found at: https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/
Guidance for users is available at:
UC claimants are generally referred for a work capability assessment at day 29 of their health-related claim. If the claimant has certain conditions (e.g. pregnant and risk to self or child) or are undergoing certain treatments (e.g. chemotherapy) they will be referred for a WCA earlier.
Once referred claimants are issued a capability for work questionnaire (UC50). Claimants have 4 weeks to complete and return this along with any supporting evidence to the Health Assessment Advisory Service (HAAS).
Once received at HAAS, the information is reviewed by a Healthcare Professional (HCP). The HCP will determine if there is enough information to enable the case to be cleared on scrutiny. This may include contacting other professionals who support the claimant, such as their GP or Consultant, for supporting evidence. If the HCP is unable to clear by paper scrutiny a face-to-face assessment is scheduled.
Due to Coronavirus restrictions claimants may experience a longer wait for their assessment, and may be asked to attend a telephone assessment while face-to-face assessments remain suspended. If, following an assessment, we decide that the claimant is entitled to extra benefit, we will pay any arrears owed.
1. Ten years of the work capability assessment in relation to employment support allowance and universal credit
18/04/2019 - Parliamentary Research
Found: CDP-2019-0092, 18 April 2019 Ten years of the Work Capability Assessment By Steven Kennedy Andrew Mackley Roderick
Found: welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Work and Pensions Select Committee’s inquiry into Employment
3. ESA: outcomes of Work Capability Assessments including mandatory reconsiderations and appeals: December 2019
13/12/2019 - Department for Work and Pensions
- View source
Employment and Support Allowance: Work Capability
Assessments, Mandatory Reconsiderations and Appeals
4. Backbench Business Debate: Impact of Changes to Disability Support
18/12/2018 - Parliamentary Research
Found: Backbench Business Debate entitled ﬁCumulative impact assessment of changes to disability support.ﬂ This will
5. Work Capability Assessments
12/12/2017 - Parliamentary Research
Found: Number CDP-2017-0254, 11 December 2017 Work Capability Assessments By Steven Kennedy Richard Keen Andrew
1. Oral Answers to Questions
29/06/2020 - Commons Chamber
1: all Department for Work and Pensions staff and contractors for their tireless work through this emergency - Speech Link
2: to help people in these challenging times to get back into work as soon as possible and to support an - Speech Link
3: would like the Secretary of State to pass on our thanks to her team for the tremendous work that her officials - Speech Link
2. Oral Answers to Questions
13/05/2019 - Commons Chamber
1: regularly on concussion watch and wakes up several times every night. Her mother needs help. In August, Jessica’s - Speech Link
2: couple of weeks ago. Stephen Smith was found fit for work, and by the time he went through the appeals system - Speech Link
3: 2. What recent assessment her Department has made of trends in the level of in-work poverty.  - Speech Link
3. Oral Answers to Questions
27/01/2020 - Commons Chamber
1: progress that has been made on pension funds addressing climate change and ask the Minister to meet me - Speech Link
2: decisions about their own money, but this decision was made and it ensured that an individual is protected from - Speech Link
3: their retirement, they want to know about the potential financial risk to their pension pots from climate - Speech Link
4. Oral Answers to Questions
28/06/2021 - Commons Chamber
1: people. Our ambition is to help parents return to work as quickly as possible, as there is clear evidence - Speech Link
2: support grants does not make up for the cuts to universal credit, which will mean that families are £1,000 - Speech Link
3: and it is going to get worse when £20 of universal credit is taken away from families in October. I - Speech Link
5. Oral Answers to Questions
09/03/2020 - Commons Chamber
1: weekly basis —to ensure a cross-party approach to pensions policy. He is right that automatic enrolment was - Speech Link
2: Too many young people do not save for their pensions, so how can the Minister ensure that young workers - Speech Link
3: the self-employed. The 8% that is being saved has made a transformational difference, and the opt-out rate - Speech Link