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PIP and ESA assessments scrutinised by Work and Pensions Committee

14 March 2020

The Work and Pensions Committee is to question organisations representing and supporting disabled people through the assessment processes for Personal Independence Payments (PIP) and the Employment Support Allowance (ESA).

The Committee will first hear from Citizens Advice, Scope and the Disability Benefits Consortium on the assessment process in general, before questioning several charities on how it affects claimants with specific disabilities and health conditions.

Focus of the hearing

The session is likely to focus on the progress made in improving the process since the previous Committee's recommendations in 2018, what further changes are needed, and the implications of the Department for Work and Pensions' proposed reforms through the Health Transformation Programme.

Witnesses

Wednesday 18 March at 9.30am, Grimond Room, Portcullis House

At 9.30am

Panel 1:

  • Joe Lane, Principal Policy Manager, Citizens Advice
  • James Taylor, Executive Director of Strategy, Impact and Social Change, Scope
  • Geoff Fimister, Policy Co-Chair, Disability Benefits Consortium

Panel 2:

  • Anastasia Berry, Policy Manager for Welfare, MS Society
  • Eleanor Southwood, Chair, Royal National Institute of Blind People
  • Rosa Morris, Local Advisor, Mind
  • Jane Harris, Director of External Affairs and Social Change, National Autistic Society
  • Eve Byrne, Head of Campaigns and Public Affairs, Macmillan Cancer Support

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