Capita signs PIP contract
Capita to provide assessments for Personal Independence Payments
across central England and Wales
The Department for Work and Pensions has today announced the award
of three regional contracts to deliver health and disability
assessments for the new Personal Independence Payments (PIP).
Capita plc has been awarded one of the three contracts, to deliver
assessments across central England and Wales. The precise scope of
the contract is still being defined but it is anticipated to be
worth around £140m over 5 years.
PIP, which is part of the Government's welfare reform agenda, will
replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for people of working age
(16 to 64) from 8 April 2013, and is designed to better reflect
today's understanding of disability. Assessments will be provided
for new claimants of PIP as well as existing claimants of
The assessments will be delivered through a network of local
consultation centres across central England and Wales, utilising
both existing Capita centres and those of disability group
partners, and through home visits. All assessments, the majority of
which will be face to face, will be conducted by a nurse, doctor,
physiotherapist or other trained healthcare professional.
Capita plc chief executive, Paul Pindar, said: 'In developing its
solution Capita has worked with a number of representative groups
to ensure that claimants receive a fair and independent assessment
of their ability to live independently. Capita has established an
extensive capability in health assessment through strategic
acquisitions, including Premier Medical, now integrated into our
health and wellbeing business and, more recently, Medicals Direct.
Together with our existing operations this has created a scalable,
diverse and client focused health and wellbeing business that
multi-disciplinary team of general and mental health community
nurses, occupational therapists and GPs, supported by subject
matter experts where appropriate.'
For further information:
Tel: 0207 799 1525
Paul Pindar, Chief Executive Officer
Shona Nichols, Corporate Communications Director
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