We give independent advice to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and the Department for Communities in Northern Ireland.
To help us to do our work, we consider published independent medical and scientific research, and information from relevant bodies. Our responsibilities are to:
- make recommendations to update the list of diseases and the occupations that cause them for which Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit can be paid
- draft papers for the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to present in Parliament, where legislative changes to the Industrial Injuries Scheme are proposed
- scrutinise proposed regulations relating to industrial injuries benefit or its administration
From 2015 to 2016, our priorities are to:
- ensure the advice we give about the Industrial Injuries Scheme is impartial, evidence-based, effective, credible and timely
- continue the council’s work programme
Our work programme will include:
- working with the Department for Work and Pensions to review the Medical Services Training Handbook used by the scheme’s medical advisors and exploring other forms of advice to decision makers
- considering medical assessments within the scheme
- considering osteoarthritis of the knee and work in the construction industry
- considering the risk of cancer from exposure to diesel exhaust emissions
Who we are
The council usually has 17 members, including the chair. It includes:
- independent members with relevant specialist skills
- representatives of employees
- representatives of employers
Independent members currently include doctors, scientists and a legal member.
The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions decides how many members to appoint to the council. It must include equal numbers of representatives of employees and employers (Social Security Administration Act 1992, Schedule 6).
The council doesn’t have any staff of its own but DWP provides a small administrative team. The council holds an annual public meeting in a different place in the UK each year. Other council meetings are usually held in DWP offices.
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