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Unique Identifying Number – Every written question in the House of Commons has a UIN per Parliament. In the House of Lords each written questions has a UIN per parliamentary session.
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Asked on: 24 March 2020
Department for Work and Pensions
Department for Work and Pensions: Coronavirus
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to redeploying those health professionals currently under contract to the Department for Work and Pensions and employed by the assessment provider companies Maximus, Capita and Atos to roles within the NHS to assist with the effort to resist the spread of COVID-19.
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Answered by: Baroness Stedman-Scott
Answered on: 01 April 2020

We are working closely with the Department for Health and Social Care to consider how best to support the NHS during this period whilst ensuring that we can continue to provide financial support to claimants through the benefit system. We welcome our Providers’ continued support and flexibility during this period.

Asked on: 24 March 2020
Department for Work and Pensions
Social Security Benefits: Disability
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Department for Work and Pensions assessors are currently tasked with carrying out telephone assessments for eligibility to disability benefits.
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Answered by: Baroness Stedman-Scott
Answered on: 01 April 2020

The information requested is not held. Health Professionals in addition to conducting telephone assessments, can undertake a range of other duties commensurate with their training, for example, scrutiny, quality audit and training.

The Government announced on 16 March 2020 that all face-to-face assessments for all sickness and disability benefits will be suspended. The temporary move, effective from 17 March 2020, is being taken as a precautionary measure to protect vulnerable people from unnecessary risk of exposure to coronavirus as the country's response ramps up in the 'delay' phase. We will ensure those who are entitled to a benefit continue to receive support, and that new claimants are able to access the safety net.

Asked on: 24 March 2020
Department for Work and Pensions
Social Security Benefits: Coronavirus
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce a temporary passporting system to move people on to disability benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Answered by: Baroness Stedman-Scott
Answered on: 01 April 2020

As both the Prime Minister and Chancellor have made clear, the Government will do whatever it takes to support people affected by COVID 19 and we have been clear in our intention that everyone should be supported to do the right thing.

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