Work and Pensions Committee letter: to Minister for Disabled People on delays to Workplace Capability Assessments

Work and Pensions Committee Chair, Stephen Timms, has written to the Minister for Disabled People, Justin Tomlinson, asking what action the Government is taking to address delays to Workplace Capability Assessments (WCA).

The letter raises concerns about the ‘exceptionally long waits for assessments’ some people applying for Employment Support Allowance (ESA) and Universal Credit have been experiencing since the start of the coronavirus pandemic and the suspension of face-to-face assessments more than a year ago. This affects people who the Department for Work and Pensions has decided cannot have their claims assessed on paper or by telephone.

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