Work and Pensions Committee announces first evidence session for inquiry into ESA and WCA

Work and Pensions Committee
Select Committee Press Notice


AN42 2013–14
3 April 2014

For immediate release


Work and Pensions Committee announces first evidence session for inquiry into ESA and WCA

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

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


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


Details of the session are as follows

Time/date: Wednesday 9 April at 9.30 am

Location: Grimond Room, Portcullis House


  • Rachael Holmes, Head of Policy Research, Families, Welfare and Work, Chief Executive, 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



Details of further evidence sessions will be announced in due course.



2 Responses to “Work and Pensions Committee announces first evidence session for inquiry into ESA and WCA”

  1. Jim Says:

    I find it strange that there is no mention of competence or qualification of the decision makers. I hope this glaring omission will be rectified. Only QUALIFIED doctors have a diagnosis competence, nursing training does not include medical diagnosis. The same applies to the DWP decision makers.

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