Inquiry into Employment and Support Allowance and Work Capability Assessments.

01 May 2014

The Work and Pensions Select Committee has today announced the second oral evidence session for its inquiry into Employment and Support Allowance and Work Capability Assessments.


At 9.30 am, Wednesday 7 May 2014 in Committee room 15, Palace of Westminster:

  • HH Judge Robert Martin, President of the Social Entitlement Chamber, First-tier Tribunal
  • Kevin Sadler, Director of Civil, Families and Tribunals, HM Courts and Tribunals Service
  • Richard Mason, Deputy Director for Civil Justice, Administrative Justice, Coroners, Burials, Cremations and Inquiries, Ministry of Justice

To be covered

This evidence session is intended to explore:

  • The efficiency of the appeals process
  • Demands on the Tribunal Service, and waiting times for appeals to be heard, including how delays might be reduced
  • How decisions made at tribunals are monitored and checked for quality
  • The feedback between HMCTS and DWP when DWP’s decision is upheld or overturned in an ESA appeal case

The Committee issued terms of reference for this inquiry on 6 February 2014.

Further sessions

Three further evidence sessions are scheduled on the following dates.  All meetings will be in public in House of Commons Committee rooms. Details will be confirmed in due course:

  • Wednesday 14 May at 9.30 am
    Witnesses: Professor Malcolm Harrington and Dr Paul Litchfield (Independent Reviewers of the WCA)
  • Monday 9 June at 4.30 pm
    Witnesses: Atos representatives
  • Wednesday 11 June at 9.30 am
    Witnesses: Department for Work and Pensions Minister and officials

Further information

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