Committee hears from claimant and disability representative groups

03 April 2014

The Work and Pensions Committee will hold its first oral evidence session for its inquiry into Employment and Support Allowance and Work Capability Assessments on Wednesday 9 April.


9.45am, Wednesday 9 April, Grimond Room, Portcullis House, House of Commons

  • Rachael Holmes, Head of Policy Research, Families, Welfare and Work, Citizen’s Advice
  • Tom Pollard, Social Policy and Campaigns Manager, Mind
  • Donna O’Brien, Social Policy and Campaigns Advisor, Parkinson’s UK
  • Anna Bird, Head of Public Policy and Research, Scope
  • Joanna Kennedy, Chief Executive, Zacchaeus 2000 Trust

Purpose of the meeting

This session, with claimant and disability representative groups, will explore:

  • The effectiveness of the WCA in determining whether people are fit for work, including the findings of the Evidence Based Review and possible alternative assessment models
  • Key concerns about the delivery of the WCA by Atos, and how these issues may be resolved with the new provider
  • How eligibility for ESA is determined by the DWP decision maker
  • Outcomes for claimants following assessment
  • The process for appealing a decision and the available financial support during this period
  • The impact of time-limiting contributory ESA for those in the Work Related Activity Group (WRAG)
  • The interaction between ESA and Universal Credit

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