Long covid data collection.

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Can you inform me about what the process is if any for the DWP collecting information on a new disorder?
For example, long covid has by the ONS been estimated to result in some symptoms 12 weeks out in 10% of the infected, or 20% of those symptomatic.
Has any data been collected for the purposes of seeing if regulations or guidance should be altered, if so what?
Has any data on estimated prevalances of long covid going forward as a disabling condition qualifying people for PIP/UC (LCW/LCWRA).

Please note, I am not asking for copies of internal discussions of this evidence, unless any guidance has been issued to decisionmakers.

Yours faithfully,

Ian Stirling

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