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Headway evidence part of “unprecedented response” to parliamentary inquiry on PIP and ESA

Fri 09 Feb 2018

Headway’s evidence gathered for the #RightFirstTime campaign is part of the “unprecedented” response to the inquiry on Personal Independent Payment (PIP) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) assessments.

Headway is calling for all disability assessments to be #RightFirstTime. Our evidence to the Committee came from over 650 people who responded to our survey about the difficulties facing people with ABI when they come into contact with the benefits system.

Parliament’s Work and Pensions Committee has published its interim report today.

The Committee said: “The response was overwhelming: nearly 4,000 individual submissions, the most ever received by a select committee inquiry, by an order of magnitude. The unprecedented response was also remarkable in the consistency of the themes that emerged through the honest and often distressing accounts from thousands of people navigating the claims process, alongside, of course, managing their disability and mental health issues.”

The Committee calls on the Department for Work and Pensions to acknowledge explicitly that it recognises the problems detailed in the interim report and set out what, if anything, it is doing to monitor and resolve them. Policy recommendations from the Committee will be set out in its full report to be published next Wednesday.  

Next week we will look at the Work and Pensions Committee’s final report and will be responding. We will keep speaking up for ABI survivors, their families and carers who need disability benefits assessments to be #RightFirstTime.


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