Parliamentary Question: Work Capability Assessment and ME, 14 February 2011

During questions to Department for Work and Pensions ministers on 14 February 2011, Mark Pawsey MP (Conservative, Rugby) asked if the Minister was aware of the concerns of people who have conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome, who have good days and bad days.

“They are anxious to ensure that they receive fair treatment through the work capability assessment, taking account of their ability to complete activities on a regular basis. Can the Minister provide an assurance that the variable nature of such conditions will be fully considered, and that the assessment will identify the appropriate level of support for individuals to enable those who can to get back into work?”

The Minister for Employment, Chris Grayling, replied:

“I can absolutely give my hon. Friend that assurance. Indeed, I have asked Professor Harrington to work with people who specialise in ME as part of his review. I do not want us to write off everybody with a particular condition. It is important to identify who can potentially work and who cannot, and to provide them with the appropriate support. That is the goal of our policy and what we will seek to do, and I am mindful of the concerns that my hon Friend raises.”

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