As part of its independent work programme, the Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) is conducting research into how the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) engage with disabled people in formulating policies and processes which affect them.
We are seeking evidence to underpin our research. We would therefore welcome input from a broad range of organisations and individuals who have relevant insight or evidence to share with us.
Responses are needed by 11.45pm on 23 March 2020.
DWP regularly consults disabled people, or organisations representing them, in developing policies and implementing services affecting them. However, the extent, consistency and effectiveness of that engagement is not clear.
This research aims to build a better understanding of that, and consider what scope exists to improve DWPâ€™s current approach, drawing on relevant best practice that exists elsewhere.
The majority of changes to disability benefits over the past decade have primarily affected those of working age. Our research will therefore focus on this group.
SSAC is interested in obtaining evidence from a wide range of individuals and organisations who have relevant evidence, experience or insight on the questions below. In this call for evidence we are not looking for views about social security benefits, but about how you think DWP listens to feedback from disabled people or involves disabled people, and any ways in which this might be improved.
1. Can you tell us about the process? For example:
2. To what degree have there been benefits from engaging with DWP?
3. Based on your experiences, would you wish to engage with the DWP in future?
4. Please tell us about other engagement you have had on disability issues with public sector or other organisations outside of DWP? For example:
5. In your view, can the DWPâ€™s process of engagement be improved and, if so, why and how?
6. Is there anything else you wish to add about this subject?
7. In what ways do you think you could have made a valuable and constructive contribution to DWPâ€™s work, and what would be the most effective way for DWP engage with you?
8. Would you wish to engage with DWP in future? Please provide the reasons for your answer?
9. What would be the most effective way for DWP to make sure you could engage with them?
10. Are there any areas or types of engagement that you would not have with the department?
11. Please tell us about other engagement you have had on disability issues with public sector or other organisations outside of DWP? For example:
12. Do you have any suggestions to develop the process for you to be able to engage with DWP in future?
13. What would be your minimum expectations of who the department should consult, and how that consultation should take place, to provide reassurance that decisions taken by the Department are well-informed and credible?
14. Is there any other evidence on this subject you would like to add?
Responses, focusing on the above questions, are needed by 11.45pm on 23 March 2020 and should be emailed to:
Or send to:
The Committee Secretary
Social Security Advisory Committee
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