Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Professor Harrington's latest report and Chris Grayling both claim that there have been marked improvements in WCA related decision making accuracy over the past 12 months.

What data is available to support this assertion - there is nothing specific in Prof Harrington's report? Clearly if no data is available, the claim cannot be true.

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J Newman

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Dear DWP Adelphi Freedom-of-Information-Request,

As this is at the very heart of the WCA, I would like to clarify quite what you are saying in this response.
• Without doubt, right-first-time decision making is the most important measure of WCA process effectiveness by a very long way, as confirmed by Professor Harrington’s 2010 report and recommendations.
• DWP’s response (http://www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/wca-review-20... to his Sept 2011 report says: “As he highlights, DWP and Atos have worked hard since November 2010 to implement all of his recommendations. The vast majority have been in place since the summer with remaining recommendations being launched across the country in the second half of 2011.” (page 5; paragraph 6).
• DWP’s response also says: “We are very encouraged by the findings. Professor Harrington has found the system has markedly improved in the last year” (page 2).
• This claim is repeated on page 5; paragraph 6 “We are pleased that Professor Harrington has seen significant improvements in the Work Capability Assessment over the past year.”

However, you are saying in this response that despite having all of his recommendations in place for at least 6 months, you cannot demonstrate an improvement in this key measure despite its priority and the concentration on it over the past 12 months. Please clarify.

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J Newman

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Dear DWP Adelphi Freedom-of-Information-Request,

Can you please provide the figures included here as an Excel file?

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J Newman

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