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Clean Growth Strategy: UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (12 Oct 2017)

Penny Mordaunt: I thank the hon. Member for Edinburgh North and Leith (Deidre Brock) for securing the debate and colleagues who have contributed. She raised a number of points, largely on the domestic agenda, which I will go through in detail. The Equality and Human Rights Commission has also raised a number of issues in the wake of the report. All the issues raised by the commission and the hon. Lady are...

Clean Growth Strategy: UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (12 Oct 2017)

Penny Mordaunt: I thank the hon. Lady for her intervention, and perhaps I can just digress to answer it. From memory, in the case that she raised on the Floor of the House, she alleged some unacceptable behaviour by one of our call assistants. In any case that any hon. Member raises with me, I will investigate fully. I obtained a transcript of the conversation, and it was absolutely not the case that what...

Clean Growth Strategy: UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (12 Oct 2017)

Penny Mordaunt: I will happily come to the mental health issue later, but, as hon. Members will be aware, PIP is a better benefit by quite a dramatic degree for those who have a mental health condition, when we look at the number of those with a mental health condition who are on the highest rates of the daily living and mobility components of PIP and compare that with DLA. Let me make some progress, but I...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Employment and Disabled People (9 Oct 2017)

Penny Mordaunt: The employment rate among disabled people has increased to 49%, and the Government are committed to getting 1 million more disabled people into work over the next 10 years.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Employment and Disabled People (9 Oct 2017)

Penny Mordaunt: When Labour was in office, it did very well in closing the disability employment gap—by raising the unemployment level among the general population. We will take a different approach. As I have said in this place before, we will look in great detail at the local numbers—for example, the numbers of people with a learning disability coming out of education; that is what we need to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Employment and Disabled People (9 Oct 2017)

Penny Mordaunt: I thank my hon. Friend for allowing me to pay tribute to Leonard Cheshire. It has launched a number of interesting and effective initiatives, which are very much part of our Work and Health programme.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Employment and Disabled People (9 Oct 2017)

Penny Mordaunt: In recent years the Department has introduced a number of measures to ensure that those who carry out assessments for either personal independence payments or ESA have had training so that they can recognise a mental health condition and flag up that condition or any concerns they may have. However, the work capability assessment itself is not working. It was introduced by the Labour...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Employment and Disabled People (9 Oct 2017)

Penny Mordaunt: I congratulate my hon. Friend and other Members on both sides of the House who have run Disability Confident events and signed up employers. Our 5,000th employer has just been signed up. If I cannot attend my hon. Friend’s event, I shall be happy to send a video instead.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Employment and Disabled People (9 Oct 2017)

Penny Mordaunt: There are things that we can do to improve the assessment process dramatically and also, more critically, to prevent people from having to go through those assessments. The thrust of the health and work consultation paper that we issued this year is to bring about early intervention in healthcare and to use healthcare information to populate the welfare system, and that is what we are trying...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Employment and Disabled People (9 Oct 2017)

Penny Mordaunt: We have just launched a platform called OpenLab, which brings together those working in technology and disability, and focuses primarily on accessibility issues. It will enable us to publicise problems that we are trying to solve, but will also enable that community to work together to arrive at solutions faster.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Personal Independence Payments (9 Oct 2017)

Penny Mordaunt: We are committed to ensuring that people receive high-quality, fair and accurate assessments. The Department robustly monitors providers’ performance and independently audits assessments. Both providers are now increasing clinical support across their centres and providing more personalised coaching for their healthcare professionals.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Personal Independence Payments (9 Oct 2017)

Penny Mordaunt: Currently, 3% of caseload is overturned on appeal, and in the last quarter the number of cases having to go to appeal dropped by 22%. We have introduced changes to get evidence in earlier and to improve the quality of assessments, but we will respond to all the things that Paul Gray has set out in his review this autumn.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Personal Independence Payments (9 Oct 2017)

Penny Mordaunt: We have opportunities to reduce the burden on individuals going through assessments through what we are trying to do with the work capability assessment and by enabling information used in health care and in ESA assessments to reduce the burden on people getting PIP assessments—and, hopefully, doing away with the volume of assessments that people have. However, I say to the hon. Lady...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Personal Independence Payments (9 Oct 2017)

Penny Mordaunt: One of the changes that we have recently made with both providers is that before they turn to the healthcare evidence and the other things that have traditionally formed part of the assessment, they talk with the individual about the impact of the condition on their day-to-day life. That, I think, has improved the assessment dramatically.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Personal Independence Payments (9 Oct 2017)

Penny Mordaunt: The hon. Lady is right that we have made that change in employment and support allowance. I give her one example: about 84% of people with motor neurone disease are on the highest rates for PIP, but 16% are not. It is therefore perfectly possible that someone will not be receiving the maximum amount of support but that as their condition progresses, they will need additional support. As I...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Disabled People: Independent Living (9 Oct 2017)

Penny Mordaunt: Supporting someone to live independently is an essential part of enabling that person to pursue their goals, whether they are personal or career goals. Education and independent living support are the two highest priorities for the Office for Disability Issues.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Disabled People: Independent Living (9 Oct 2017)

Penny Mordaunt: The hon. Gentleman will know that in spring we announced changes to Motability to enable people to keep their cars pending appeal. We are looking to make changes to Motability, and I am pleased to say that many in this House have supported the campaign led by Together for Short Lives to extend the Motability scheme to under-threes. We have been in discussions with Motability and the Family...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Disabled People: Independent Living (9 Oct 2017)

Penny Mordaunt: I thank my hon. Friend for what she has done on the campaign and also Rolls-Royce and her local authority for signing up. I also thank her for bringing Jacci Woodcock to the Department for Work and Pensions to meet me. I think that all Members owe Jacci Woodcock a great debt of gratitude for the campaign that she has run in very trying and difficult circumstances. I have listened to her with...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Disabled People: Independent Living (9 Oct 2017)

Penny Mordaunt: The hon. Lady makes a very good point; indeed, we are looking at precisely that. There are lots of pots of money out there—PIP and Access to Work, which she mentioned, are just two—but very little reference between them. We have been working on that and we hope to make some announcements shortly.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Health and Work Programme (9 Oct 2017)

Penny Mordaunt: I am pleased to announce to the House that six contracts between the Department and the successful suppliers to the Health and Work Programme were signed on 29 September.


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