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Health assessments for benefits: Work and Pensions Committee to question disabled people-led organisations

11 March 2022

The Work and Pensions Committee inquiry into health assessments for benefits continues with an evidence session featuring witnesses from disabled people-led organisations and charities which support disabled people and those with specific conditions.

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. It is focusing on how the DWP can improve the application and assessment processes.

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.

Topics that are likely to be covered in the evidence session include the suitability of the current process, how evidence is used in assessments and how people claiming can be better supported by the DWP.

The Committee previously took evidence from policy experts and held a session with the leaders of previous policy reviews at the DWP.

Witnesses

Wednesday 16 March

Panel 1 - At 9.15am

  • Tracey Lazard, Chief Executive Officer, Inclusion London 
  • Patricia Vespucio, Team Leader, Advice Service, GIPSIL 
  • Jane Hunt, Chair, Association of Disabled Professionals 

Panel 2 - At 10.15am 

  • Catherine Hale, Founder and Director, Chronic Illness Inclusion Project 
  • Sarah Rawlings, Executive Director of Research and External Affairs, MS Society 
  • Jasmine Wyeth, Senior Policy Officer, Rethink Mental Illness

Further information

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