Archive for December, 2011

Small percentage of benefit decisions following Work Capability Assessments are overturned on appeal.

Recently, there has been some confusion in the press regarding the number of benefit claim decisions for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) that are overturned at appeal. While figures quoted by Atos Healthcare suggest that just 8 per cent of benefit decisions are reversed, one publication recently reported that as many as 70 per cent of contested claims have been overturned.

An independent website – Fullfacts.org – has now reviewed the statistical evidence available to clarify how many benefit claim decisions, of which one element of the information used is the Work Capability Assessments carried out by Atos Healthcare on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), are overturned at appeal. This website has awarded the Atos Healthcare figure of 8 per cent an accuracy rating of 4 out of 5. Please read on for more.

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Your Work Capability Assessment Report

As we carry out Work Capability Assessments on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions, we’ve been running a series of blogs that are designed to help you find out more about the assessment process. In this blog post, we’ll be telling you more about the report that Atos Healthcare professionals prepare based on your Work Capability Assessment. Please read on for more.

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Carers and the Work Capability Assessment

Today is International Carers Rights Day – a day that celebrates, supports and draws attention to the many thousands of people who care for friends or family members who are ill or disabled. To mark Carers Rights Day, we thought we would outline the important supporting role carers can play as part of the Work Capability Assessment we carry out on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). Please read on for more.

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