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DWP Committee announces evidence session with DWP Minister for inquiry into Access to Work

23 October 2014

Work and Pensions Committee
Select Committee Press Notice
AN12 2014–15
23 October 2014

For immediate release:

The Work and Pensions Select Committee has today announced the final oral evidence session for its inquiry into Employment support for disabled people: Access to Work.

The Committee issued terms of reference for this inquiry on 12 May 2014.

Details of the session are as follows:

Date/time: Wednesday 29 October at 9.30am
Location: Wilson Room, Portcullis House, Bridge Street, London, SW1A 2LW.

Witnesses - Department for Work and Pensions:

  • Mark Harper MP, Minister for Disabled People
  • Colin Stewart, Work Services Director

This final evidence session with the Minister for Disabled People is intended to explore the Government’s position on a range of issues highlighted during the inquiry, including:

  • The potential for substantially increased funding of AtW, in line with the recommendation of the Sayce Review;
  • DWP’s general approach to the administration of the scheme, including its approach to self-employment and entrepreneurship;
  • Specific administrative issues, including the paper-based application and invoicing processes and the recently introduced central call centre system;
  • The clarity, transparency and consistency of the award decision-making and review processes;
  • The level of disability awareness of DWP staff administering the scheme;
  • The guidance on funding for full-time “support workers”;
  • Referral routes into the Workplace Mental Health Support Service; and
  • The AtW employer cost-sharing arrangements.

Please note that this evidence session will be broadcast live on BBC Parliament and on the BBC’s Democracy Live website with British Sign Language interpretation and subtitles. There will also be British Sign Language interpretation provided for the public gallery in the Wilson Room; space is limited and will be available on a “first-come, first-served” basis in the usual way. Please note that speech-to-text reporting will not be provided in the Wilson Room.

Additional information

The terms of reference for the inquiry have also been issued in EasyRead format and British Sign Language.

Committee membership:

Dame Anne Begg MP (Chair) (Lab, Aberdeen South), Debbie Abrahams MP (Lab, Oldham East and Saddleworth), Graham Evans MP (Con, Weaver Vale), Sheila Gilmore MP (Lab, Edinburgh East), Glenda Jackson MP (Lab, Hampstead and Highgate), Kwasi Kwarteng MP (Con, Spelthorne), Paul Maynard MP (Con, Blackpool North and Cleveleys), Nigel Mills MP (Con, Amber Valley), Anne Marie Morris MP (Con, Newton Abbot), Teresa Pearce MP (Lab, Erith and Thamesmead), Mr Michael Thornton MP (Lib Dem, Eastleigh).

Specific Committee Information: clarkeja@parliament.uk  0207 219 4835 or workpencom@parliament.uk 020 7219 2839
Media Information: calderg@parliament.uk 020 7219 7556
Twitter: @CommonsWorkPen
Committee Website: www.parliament.uk/workpencom
Watch committees and parliamentary debates online: www.parliamentlive.tv

Publications/Reports/Reference Material:
Copies of all select committee reports are available from the Houses of Parliament Shop (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 www.parliament.uk

Above-mentioned information was distributed by Emma Sawyer, Senior Committee Assistant, Work and Pensions Committee.