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Health assessments for benefits

Inquiry

The Committee is investigating the assessment processes for health-related benefits. These include Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), Disability Living Allowance (DLA), Attendance Allowance and Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit. The Committee is focusing on how the Department for Work and Pensions can improve the application and assessment processes for these benefits.

We’re focusing on:

  • How DWP could improve the quality of its assessments;
  • Lessons from the pandemic, including whether changes DWP made to the assessment processes then should continue;
  • How DWP could make applying for benefits more straightforward for claimants

Read the call for evidence to find out more about the inquiry. The call for evidence is available in multiple formats.

We can’t help you with individual problems that you’re having with your benefits. The following organisations may be able to give you support or advice:

Citizens Advice - For independent, free advice provided by a network of charities online, over the phone and in person on a wide variety of issues including benefits, work, debt, housing, family and immigration.

You can contact an adviser through Citizens Advice’s national phone service:

Adviceline (England): 0800 144 8848Advicelink (Wales): 0800 702 2020 

Adviceline is available 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

StepChange – For independent, free debt advice.

Call 0800 138 1111, Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm and Saturday 8am to 4pm.

We know that our inquiry raises issues that might be difficult or upsetting for you. You can contact the 24-hour Samaritans helpline on 116 123 if you feel low or anxious and need someone to talk to, or email them on jo@samaritans.org

This inquiry is no longer accepting evidence

The deadline for submissions was Wednesday 1 June 2022.

Work news

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Health assessments for benefits: Work and Pensions Committee to question Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work Chloe Smith MP
Minister of State for Disabled People questioned on health assessments for benefits
15 July 2022
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Secretary of State questioned on cost of living
Work and Pensions Committee examines the cost of living and health assessments for benefits
27 June 2022
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Health assessments for benefits: Work and Pensions Committee to question academics
Work and Pensions Committee examines the suitability of assessments in assessing health conditions
17 June 2022
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PIP, ESA and Universal Credit assessors to appear before Work and Pensions Committee
Committee to question contractors responsible for assessing people for health related benefits
23 May 2022
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Support organisations and charities questioned on health assessments for benefits
Work and Pensions Committee examines the assessment processes for health-related benefits
9 May 2022
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Veterans’ charities and academics questioned on health assessments for veterans claiming benefits
The Work and Pensions Committee examines whether the current benefits system is up to the task of assessing the mental and physical health
25 March 2022
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Health assessments for benefits: Work and Pensions Committee to question disabled people-led organisations
Work and Pensions Committee hears from witnesses from disabled people-led organisations and charities
11 March 2022
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Experts questioned on flaws in assessments for disability and health-related benefits
Work and Pensions Committee holds the first evidence session of its new inquiry into health assessments for benefits
30 November 2021
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MPs want to hear your experiences of applying for PIP and ESA
Work and Pensions Committee launches survey to hear views of people who have been applied for PIP and ESA on how assessments can be improved
4 November 2021
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Health assessments for benefits inquiry call for evidence in multiple formats
The call for evidence for the Work and Pensions Committee's Health assessments for benefits inquiry in multiple formats
27 September 2021
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Health assessments for benefits: Work and Pensions Committee launches inquiry
Work and Pensions Committee launches inquiry into health assessments for benefits
27 September 2021
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Contact us

We can’t usually help you with an individual problem or a specific complaint.

  • Email: workpencom@parliament.uk
  • Phone: 020 7219 8976 | Media enquiries to Oliver Florence on 020 7219 1679/florenceo@parliament.uk
  • Address: Work and Pensions Committee | House of Commons | London | SW1A 0AA