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Health assessments for benefits: Work and Pensions Committee to question academics

17 June 2022

The Work and Pensions Committee will question a panel of academic experts as part of the inquiry examining how the DWP can improve the application and assessment process for health-related benefits.

The session will focus on the suitability of assessments in assessing health conditions and what steps DWP and its contractors could take to improve their quality. It will also explore whether there are lessons to be learnt from how assessments are carried out in other countries and the impact the assessments have on people going through the process.

The inquiry is investigating the assessment processes for health-related benefits including Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), Disability Living Allowance (DLA), Attendance Allowance and Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit. 

The Committee has previously heard that the application and assessment processes for such benefits are often flawed, with a majority of people who appeal against decisions made by the DWP being successful. The DWP has announced its intention to reform the assessment processes for PIP and ESA through the Health Transformation Programme.

Transcripts of previous oral evidence sessions are available here.

Witnesses

Wednesday 22 June in Committee Room 6, Palace of Westminster

 At 9.15am

  • Professor Benjamin Barr, Professor in Applied Public Health Research, University of Liverpool 
  • Dr Ben Baumberg Geiger, Reader in Sociology and Social Policy, University of Kent 

Further information

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