Press release

Public consultation: The Employment and Support Allowance (Limited Capability For Work And Limited Capability For Work-Related Activity) Amendment Regulations 2011

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The SSAC has been asked by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to consider proposals for The Employment and Support Allowance.

The Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) has been asked by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to consider proposals for The Employment and Support Allowance (Limited Capability For Work And Limited Capability For Work-Related Activity) Amendment Regulations 2011.

Before the Committee considers and reports on these proposals, it would like to hear from organisations and individuals who have views. Those wishing to make representations to the Committee may obtain a copy of the Department’s explanatory memorandum, and a copy of the draft regulations from the SSAC website: www.ssac.org.uk, or from the Secretary to the Committee, Gill Saunders (0207 962 8345). Representations should be sent to the Committee at N E Spur, Level 3, Adelphi Building, 1-11 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6HT or by email to ssac@dwp.gsi.gov.uk, or via the consultation response facility on the website, to arrive no later than 10 September 2010.

Note for Editors:

The SSAC is the UK’s statutory advisory body for all social security matters except those relating to industrial injuries, war pensions, occupational pensions, and National Insurance contributions. Most proposals for social security regulations must be submitted to the SSAC before they are made. When the Committee reports on regulations, the report is laid before Parliament with the regulations and a statement from the Secretary of State responding to any recommendations the Committee has made.

Please note that this consultation is looking at the proposed changes to the regulations as set out in the Department’s Explanatory Memorandum, and has no connection to the independent review of the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) being undertaken by Professor Malcolm Harrington.  Professor Harrington’s review is examining the fairness and effectiveness of the WCA and has recently launched its own consultation, the details of which can be found at www.dwp.gov.uk/consultations

If respondents have any general comments on the WCA which are not related to the regulations set out in the Explanatory Memorandum, please submit these to Professor Harrington’s consultation.