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

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

    Witnesses will include: 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 and; Richard Mason, Deputy Director for Civil Justice, Ministry of Justice

    Watch the evidence session live 9.30am Wednesday 7 May 2014 on Parliament TV

    Further sessions

    Three further evidence sessions are scheduled on the following dates. 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

    Our thanks to PapaSmurf for bringing this to our attention


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