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Inquiry status: Inquiry concluded, Report and Government Response published.
The inquiry looked at the Government's policy objectives for the IB reassessment. It also assessed the effectiveness of the reassessment process itself, particularly the Work Capability Assessment, a face-to-face assessment of claimants carried out by a private company on behalf of DWP, Atos Healthcare. This part of the inquiry involved hearing about claimants’ experience of the WCA and taking account of the findings of Professor Malcolm Harrington’s independent review of the WCA.
The inquiry also looked at decision-making and appeals; and the outcomes of the process for claimants, including the employment support offered to those found fit for work
During the inquiry the Committee visited Burnley which was one of the two places where trials of the IB reassessment was taking place.
Chair of Work and Pensions Committee writes to Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP
The conclusion of a report published today (26 July) by the Work and Pensions select committee is that the Government's aims for the incapacity benefit (IB) reassessment process
Work and Pensions Committee holds second evidence session
Launch of inquiry into migration from Incapacity Benefit
Call for evidence