Personal Independence Payment: Medical Examinations:Written question - 228699

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Asked by Laura Pidcock
(North West Durham)
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Asked on: 05 March 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Personal Independence Payment: Medical Examinations
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many medical assessments for personal independence payment have been held in private gyms and spas in (a) County Durham, (b) North East of England and (c) the UK in each of the last three years.
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Answered by: Sarah Newton
Answered on: 12 March 2019
Holding answer received on 11 March 2019

Due to General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the number of assessments for Personal Independence Payment held in private gyms and spas is only held for the last two years, not the three that has been requested.

For the last two years for which data is available; covering March 2017 to February 2019, the total number of assessments held in private gyms and spas in (a) County Durham, (b) North East of England and (c) the UK is set out in the table below.

March 2017 - Feb 2018

March 2018 - Feb 2019

(a) County Durham

6000

5300

(b) NE England

6000

5300

(c) UK

8800

7200

These numbers have been supplied direct from the provider and have been rounded to the nearest 100. The answers to (a) and (b) are the same as all assessments carried out in private gyms and spas in the North East of England are carried out in County Durham.

Capita do not carry out PIP assessments at private gyms or spa locations; the numbers included in this response are from Independent Assessment Services (IAS).

IAS uses its network of supply chain partners and their estates to help in the delivery of PIP consultations. All locations comply with the required contractual specifications and all of the sites used by IAS have been selected to ensure that they meet the standards set by the Department.

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