It is somewhat unfortunate for Andrew Lansley that the legislation on which his reputation and legacy will depend is called the Health and Social Care Bill.
Up till recently, it was the health part of the equation that was causing the Health Secretary difficulty, and which led to the intriguing new constitutional development known as a ‘pause’ in the legislative process.
But now the focus is also on the social care issues. This is thanks in part to BBC Panorama’s genuinely shocking film about abuse in a centre for people with learning difficulties, and also because of the financial problems facing Southern Cross, a private sector company looking after 31,000 vulnerable people, many on behalf of local authorities.
Archive for June 2nd, 2011
Publication of DWP research report 741: trial incapacity benefits reassessment: customer and staff views and experiences – DWP2 June 2011
The Department for Work and Pensions today publishes a report of qualitative research into customer and staff views and experiences of trial incapacity benefits reassessment for Employment and Support Allowance, which commenced in October 2010 in the Aberdeen and Burnley areas. Ninety customers were interviewed, as well as Jobcentre Plus and Atos Healthcare staff working on trial reassessment. The main findings were:
The overall customer journey for trial reassessment
Overall, the customer journey for trial reassessment worked well and customers were successfully guided through the different stages of the process by the letters and phonecalls they received from Jobcentre Plus.
Migration from Incapacity Benefit to Employment and Support Allowance
Wednesday 8 June 2011, Committee Room 8, Palace of Westminster
* Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, Minister for Employment, Department for Work and
This is the final evidence session for this inquiry. It will provide an opportunity
to discuss with the Minister the wide range of issues which have arisen during the
inquiry relating to the Work Capability Assessment and the process for reassessing
incapacity benefit claimants.
The Terms of Reference for the inquiry can be found on our website at
Committee membership: Dame Anne Begg MP (Chair) (Lab, Aberdeen South), Harriett
Baldwin MP (Con, West Worcestershire), Andrew Bingham MP (Con, High Peak), Karen
Bradley MP (Con, Staffordshire Moorlands), Alex Cunningham MP (Lab, Stockton North),
Kate Green MP (Lab, Stretford and Urmston), Mr Oliver Heald MP (Con, North East
Hertfordshire), Glenda Jackson MP (Lab, Hampstead and Highgate), Brandon Lewis MP,
(Con, Great Yarmouth), Stephen Lloyd MP (Lib Dem, Eastbourne), Teresa Pearce MP
(Lab, Erith and Thamesmead)
Committee Website: http://www.parliament.uk/workpencom<http://www.parliament.uk/workpencom>
Watch committees and parliamentary debates online:
Publications/Reports/Reference Material: Copies of all select committee reports are
available from the Parliamentary Bookshop (12 Bridge St, Westminster, 020 7219 3890)
or the Stationery Office (0845 7023474). Committee reports, press releases,
evidence transcripts, Bills; research papers, a directory of MPs, plus Hansard (from
8am daily) and much more, can be found on