Employment and Support Allowance and Work Capability Assessments

Inquiry status: inquiry concluded, Report and Government Response published.

Employment and Support Allowance is paid to people who have limited capability for work, and people who have limited capability for work related activity. The majority of claimants who apply for ESA are invited to a Work Capability Assessment to help determine whether they fall within either of these two groups or are fit for work. The Work Capability Assessment is carried out by Atos under its medical services contract with the Department for Work and Pensions.

This inquiry considers: the delivery of the WCA by Atos; the effectiveness of the WCA in indicating whether claimants are fit for work; the process and criteria for procuring new providers of the WCA; the ESA entitlement decision-making process; the reconsideration and appeals process; and the impact of time limiting eligibility for contributory ESA.

Committee staff lead: Joanna Welham, Tel: 020 7219 4984



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