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Work and Pensions Committee

Select Committee Announcement

13 October 2011
For Immediate Release:
AN52 2010–12

ORAL EVIDENCE

Proposal to replace DLA with Personal Independence Payment

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Wednesday 19 October 2011, Grimond Room, Portcullis House

At 9.30 am

Professor Steve Fothergill, Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University
Sue Royston, Social Policy Officer, Citizens Advice
Professor Roy Sainsbury, Research Director, Social Policy Research Unit, University of York.
Claudia Wood, Head of Public Services and Welfare Programme, Demos

The Work and Pensions Committee has launched an inquiry into the Government’s proposal to introduce Personal Independence Payment (PIP) from 2013, replacing Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for working age claimants by 2015/16.

PIP will be similar to DLA in that it will be a non-means tested, non-contributory tax-free cash benefit paid to people whose disabilities mean they incur extra costs in everyday life; however, the Government aims to simplify the benefit and reduce expenditure by introducing a new assessment for PIP and by changing some of the current rules. The changes include: systematic periodic review of most PIP awards; ending automatic entitlement for specific conditions; replacing DLA’s three rates in the care component with two rates in the new daily living component; and extending the Qualifying Period from 3 months to 6 months.

This is the first evidence session in the inquiry. The Committee will explore the case for reform and the Government’s approach to it. It will also consider the current draft of the new PIP assessment, plans for its delivery and the Government’s communication strategy.

Further information
Written evidence:
Interested organisations and individuals were invited to submit written evidence before 26 August 2011. The evidence received has been published on the committee’s website.
Committee membership:

Dame Anne Begg MP (Chair) (Lab, Aberdeen South), Mrs Debbie Abrahams MP (Oldham East and Saddleworth), Harriett Baldwin MP (Con, West Worcestershire), Andrew Bingham MP (Con, High Peak), Karen Bradley MP (Con, Staffordshire Moorlands), Kate Green MP (Lab, Stretford and Urmston), Mr Oliver Heald MP (Con, North East Hertfordshire), Glenda Jackson MP (Lab, Hampstead and Highgate), Brandon Lewis MP, (Con, Great Yarmouth), Stephen Lloyd MP (Lib Dem, Eastbourne), Teresa Pearce MP (Lab, Erith and Thamesmead)

Specific Committee Information: workpencom@parliament.uk 020 7219 2839

Media Information: bridgespalmerj@parliament.uk 020 7219 0724

Committee Website: http://www.parliament.uk/workpencom
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Publications/Reports/Reference Material:

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Hannah Beattie
Committee Assistant
Work and Pensions Committee
House of Commons
0207 219 2180
beattieh@parliament.uk

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Institue for employment research report!!

You are invited to attend the first LLAKES Autumn Seminar

Monday 17 October 2011, 16.00-17.30, Room 736
Professor Anne Green, Institute for Employment Research.

Spatial Inequalities in the UK: The importance of sub-national perspectives on employment and skills

This presentation will discuss theoretical perspectives on spatial disparities and the main patterns and changes in spatial inequalities in employment and skills in the UK following the recession of 2008/9. It will argue that, in general, the weakest areas suffered disproportionately from a rise in unemployment during recession. This indicates the associated challenge of spatial rebalancing given the above and the importance of the public sector in providing jobs – and notably high quality jobs – in the North and Midlands. The presentation will outline why a sub-national perspective on employment and skills is important from the perspective of individuals, and how and why employers may or may not favour local workers. The potential role of spatial mobility in achieving a better balance in employment and skills and the role to be played by people and place-based policies will also be explained.

All events take place at the Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London

The event is free but booking is required. Please email LLAKES –
llakesevents@ioe.ac.uk

www.llakes.org

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BASE Conference 2011

 BASE ANNUAL CONFERENCE

 

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The British Association for Supported Employment is holding its 2011 onference at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on 7-8 September. BASE represents providers of specialist employment support services. The onference features 4 keynote speakers and 29 workshops on a wide range of topics as well as our annual awards.

Further information is available at: CONFERENCE

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A LLAKES Briefing event: 

Education, opportunity and social cohesion

 

Tuesday 28 June, 17.00-19.00, Registration 17.00-17.30

Room 739, Institute of Education, followed by a canapé reception

In this briefing event, Professor Andy Green and Dr Germ Janmaat will draw on recent LLAKES research to highlight current threats to social cohesion from declining job opportunities and persistent inequalities in education and incomes. The education system is a crucial arbiter of life chances. Where it is perceived to distribute opportunities equitably, it can provide legitimacy for the social and political order and thus promote social cohesion. However, in the UK educational outcomes are exceptionally unequal. Declining job opportunities, particularly for young people, coupled with high levels of inequality, threaten to weaken core beliefs in individual opportunity and just rewards and to erode the social and political trust on which social cohesion depends.

There will be a response from Dr. Floyd Millen, Director of the new public affairs think tank –yesMinister.

Attendance at the event is free, but places should be booked in advance via llakesevents@ioe.ac.uk.

 

Information about LLAKES

LLAKES is an ESRC-funded research centre, based at the Institute of Education, University of London. LLAKES researchers are studying the bonds holding together different societies, and the role that education systems play in promoting – or undermining – social cohesion in different contexts. The research brings together the findings from different social science disciplines and uses a variety of empirical methods and data sources to explore these issues. Datasets analysed include the Programme of International Student Assessment (PISA); the International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS); various rounds of the World Values Survey/European Values Study (WVS/EVS), the European Social Survey (ESS), Eurobarometer and the Civic Education Study (Cived). Various analytical methods have been employed, including correlations, time series analysis, cluster analysis, factor analysis, reliability analysis and multilevel analysis.

www.llakes.org

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S.W.A.T Press Release

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BIG SOCIETY CONFERENCE

This one-day conference (31st March 2011)  is ‘essential’ for all those organisations looking to be involved in Big Society activities. It builds on the success of our workshops – ‘Introduction to the Big Society’ by introducing plenary speakers who are key players in the practical development of Big Society delivery and sets of practical workshops covering themes, funding, priorities and needs.

The conference will be chaired by Pauline Dye, the Chief Executive of the Princess Royal Trust Coventry Carers Centre

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