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8 June, 2021 Open access

Minister confirms that DWP has resumed face-to-face work capability assessments

However, written answer in parliament also confirms that face-to-face appointments are initially limited to those who cannot be assessed by other channels

Minister for Disabled People Justin Tomlinson has confirmed that the DWP has resumed face-to-face work capability assessments (WCAs).

Responding yesterday to a written question in parliament, Mr Tomlinson said that -

'Following their suspension in March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, from 17 May 2021 we have resumed face-to-face WCAs for employment and support allowance claimants, and for universal credit claimants who have reported a disability or health condition that affects their ability to work.

However, Mr Tomlinson added that -

'Initially they will only be for those who we are unable to assess by other channels, and are taking place alongside existing paper-based assessments, telephone assessments and a small number of video assessments where suitable.'

Mr Tomlinson's written answer is available from parliament.uk