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Work and Pensions Committee
One-off evidence session held on 6 March 2017.
The Work and Pensions Committee held an urgent one-off evidence session in the wake of Government plans to restrict the number of people who qualify for Personal Independence Payments (PIP). The move is designed to cut £3.7 billion from the benefits bill.
In this session the Committee discussed issues with the PIP application, assessment and appeals process. It also considered whether there are any specific groups of claimants that are particularly likely to appeal against DWP decisions, and what the impact is on claimants of delays in obtaining an accurate assessment.
Evidence given by Sam Ashton, Senior Policy and Campaigns Officer, Z2K, Gary Edwards, Manager, Southampton Advice and Representation Centre (SARC), Tony Lea, Lead Welfare Rights Officer, Benefit Resolutions CIC, and Kayley Hignell, Head of Policy (Families, Welfare and Work), Citizens Advice.
Work and Pensions Committee publishes written evidence on the Personal Independence Payment