Work and Pensions Committee announces the final oral evidence sessions for its inquiry into Employment and Support Allowance and Work Capability Assessments

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

Fourth Session

Witnesses

Monday 9 June 2014, at 4.30pm, Wilson Room, Portcullis House

  • Lisa Coleman, Senior Vice President, Health Market, Atos
  • Dr Angela Graham, Clinical Director, Atos Healthcare
  • Helen Hall, Head of Communications and Customer Relations, Atos Healthcare

Purpose of the meeting

The session will consider

  • Atos’s role in the process before the face to face assessment and claimants’ experience of the process
  • The design and delivery of the WCA
  • The contract for delivering the WCA, including the relationship between quality and productivity, and Atos’s early exit from the contract
  • The ESA decision-making process, including outcomes and appeals
  • Future delivery of the WCA

Final session

Witnesses

Wednesday 11 June 2014, at 9.30am, Grimond Room

Department for Work and Pensions

  • Rt Hon Mike Penning MP, Minister of State for Disabled People
  • Jason Feeney CBE, Benefits Director
  • James Bolton, Deputy Director, Health and Wellbeing Directorate
  • Iain Walsh, Deputy Director, Working Age Benefits Division

Purpose of the session

The session will consider

  • The effectiveness of the WCA, including the findings of the Evidence Based Review
  • Key concerns about the delivery of the WCA by Atos, and how these issues may be resolved with the new provider
  • The ESA decision-making process
  • ESA outcomes and reassessments
  • Mandatory reconsideration and appeals
  • The interaction between ESA and Universal Credit
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