Equality Act 2010 Call for evidence - Deadline 4/9/15

A House of Lords Committee set up especially to look at the Equality Act 2010 and its impact on disabled people has published a call for written evidence.


They would like to receive evidence by 4 September 2015.


The Act was intended to bring together discrimination law and strengthen the law to support progress on equality. The Committee will ask how well this is working.


This is a public call for evidence and so is open to all to respond to. We will be submitting a response. Please get in touch with us if you would like to contribute.


If you would like to submit your own written evidence, please use this form:




An easy read version of the call for evidence is being prepared.


For more information please visit: www.parliament.uk/equality-act-committee

Call for Evidence: WCA Independent Review

Call for Evidence: WCA Independent Review


A call for evidence for the fifth statutory independent review of Department for Work and Pension’s Work Capability Assessment (WCA) runs until 15 August. The review is the second carried out by Dr Paul Litchfield.


Please respond if you have information about how the WCA is operating or on any further changes that might improve the process, particularly if it’s new evidence.


Take part using the online survey, by email or by post. Visit WCA on GOV.UK for more information, including the questions, the previous four reviews and the Government’s responses to those reviews.



Dr Litchfield is Chief Medical Officer for BT. His field of expertise includes mental illness and the impact it can have on work prospects. He has played a key role in highlighting the economic impact of chronic diseases, as a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council.


The call for evidence is one of many ways that Dr Litchfield will gather information during the review, all of which will inform his report to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

Survey Link: 



Professor Malcolm Harrington led the first three reviews, which took place before 2013.


More information

WCA information for stakeholders:


Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and WCA information for claimants:

First Independent Review of the Personal Independence Payment assessment

First Independent Review of the Personal Independence Payment assessment
Paul Gray, CB, Chair of the Social Security Advisory Committee, has been appointed to carry out the first Personal Independence Payment (PIP) Independent Review. This will report by the end of 2014.

A call for evidence was launched on 23 June, seeking information from anyone with views and evidence about how the PIP assessment is operating.  Input is particularly invited from those with first hand experience of the PIP process. 

The call for evidence can be accessed here and responses can be sent via an online survey, by email or by post.  The closing date is 5 September 2014.    

http://goo.gl/TjF92e for more details

http://survey.dwp.gov.uk/index.php?sid=63591&lang=en - for the PIP Survey


Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance - Call for Evidence

Call for Evidence

We have already publicised one call for evidence, this is a second, with a later deadline, if you still wish to submit any evidence.

Elaine Astley from Breakthrough UK has sent us the following request:

We are putting together a report on how well – or not – the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Disabled People (UNCRPD) is working for disabled people who live in the North West of England.

The UNCRPD is a list of ‘articles’ covering disabled people’s rights in different situations. The UK government has signed up to this.

A list of the articles is here: http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=259

Here is an easy words version of the convention, let me know if you need a different format.


You will see that they cover a lot of different areas to do with disabled people’s human rights – including things like accessibility, right to life, education, work & employment, health, living independently and being included in the community – and many more.

We need to give clear, evidenced examples showing whether or not disabled people are getting these rights.

Do you have evidence you can share with us for the report please? It does not need to be long, but it does need to be based on your own experience. No names will be used in the report.

We need to know:

  1. Which article of the UNCRPD does the issue you are raising relate to?
  2. How serious is the issue you are raising for the rights of disabled people in your area?
  3. Who does the issue affect? How many people are affected (if you know)?
  4. What strong evidence do you have for this?
  5. What needs to change?

Please get in touch if you would like to talk things through rather than put something in writing. If you would like to take part, the deadline for getting your evidence back to me is Monday 9 June.

Many thanks in advance.

Elaine Astley, Policy and Research Assistant

Tel: 0161 234 3950

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