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Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Does Chris Grayling Have Any Idea What is going on (rhetorical)?

DWP recently admitted that it has not, does not and will not be tracking the critical success parameter right-first-time-decision-making.  It seems from this extract from Hansard that they have no inclination to measure the performance of any of their policies.  There is of course only one reason why they don’t want to know.
Work Capability Assessment
Andrew Stephenson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effect that people being found fit to work following a work capability assessment has had on the level of unemployment in the latest period for which figures are available. [98801]
Chris Grayling: No assessment has been made and to do so would incur disproportionate cost.
The Government do not believe that it is acceptable to write people off to a lifetime on benefits because they have a health condition or impairment. Many people with health conditions are able to sustain and progress in employment. Evidence points to the negative impacts of being without work and that appropriate work is generally good for people regardless of whether or not they are disabled or have a health condition.
Andrew Stephenson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people found fit to work following a work capability assessment are now working in the latest period for which figures are available. [98802]
Chris Grayling: These data are not routinely available.
However, DWP has commissioned research into this as part of the wider ESA evaluation.

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