Work and Pensions Committee Press Notice

Press notice No. 10 of Session 2005-06
25 January 2006

'Select Committee calls for further evidence on incapacity benefits reform and Pathways to Work and announces further evidence sessions'

Following publication of the Welfare Reform green paper, the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee seeks written contributions on the reform of incapacity benefits and Pathways to Work from interested organisations and individuals. The Committee announced this inquiry ( click here to see terms of reference) on 21 July 2005 and has already received written and oral evidence.

Short written submissions are welcome from those who have already submitted evidence to the Committee's inquiry and also those who have not previously submitted evidence. The deadline for this written evidence is 16 February 2006. Due to the short time available the Committee requests that all submissions should be:

  • no longer than 2,000 words

  • in Word format with as little use of colour as possible

  • emailed to the Committee, where possible including full details and postal address

Material already published elsewhere should not form the basis of a submission, but may be referred to within a proposed memorandum, in which case a hard copy of the published work should be included.

Memoranda submitted to the Committee must be kept confidential until published by the Committee, unless specifically authorised by the Committee. 

The Work and Pensions Committee would also like to announce two further evidence sessions in this inquiry.  The details are as follows:

Monday 13 February 2006  in the Grimond Room, Portcullis House

4.15pm, New Policy Institute, Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion, Trades Union Congress

5.30pm, Disability Rights Commission

Monday 27 February 2006  in the Grimond Room, Portcullis House

4.15pm, Disability Alliance, RNIB, RNID, Age Concern

5.30pm, Mind, Rethink

Please note that all timings are approximate.