Numbers of people whose disability assessment is on hold due to COVID-19

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

The Social Security Advisory Committee has recently raised concerns that some claimants are being excluded from their full entitlement to benefit for indefinite periods due to the suspension of face-to-face assessments during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic (https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...).

Please can you advise your most recent figures for -

1. how many new ESA claimants are currently awaiting a first work capability assessment which has been put on hold until face-to-face assessments are resumed?
2. how many ESA claimants are currently awaiting a repeat work capability assessment requested due to a change in circumstances which has been put on hold until face-to-face assessments are resumed?
3. how many universal credit claimants are currently awaiting a first work capability assessment which has been put on hold until face-to-face assessments are resumed?
4. how many universal credit claimants are currently awaiting a repeat work capability assessment requested due to a change in circumstances which has been put on hold until face-to-face assessments are resumed?
5. how many new PIP claimants are currently awaiting a first assessment which has been put on hold until face-to-face assessments are resumed?
6. how many ongoing PIP claimants are currently awaiting a repeat assessment requested due to a change in circumstances which has been put on hold until face-to-face assessments are resumed?

If possible, for each of the groups above, can you provide a breakdown of the total number, by reasons for the decision not to carry out an assessment by paper or phone.

Thank you for your assistance.

Yours faithfully,
Daphne Hall

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Please can I add a further question - for each of the groups can you advise in what percentage of cases has CDHA/Atos/Capita sought further medical evidence.

Thank you

Yours faithfully,

Daphne Hall

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