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Work and Pensions Committee The Work and Pensions Committee is appointed by the House of Commons to examine the expenditure, administration, and policy of the Office of the Department for Work and Pensions and its associated public bodies. Current membership Rt Hon Frank Field MP (Labour, Birkenhead) (Chair) Heidi Allen MP (Conservative, South Cambridgeshire) Mhairi Black MP (Scottish National Party, Paisley and Renfrewshire South) Ms Karen Buck MP (Labour, Westminster North) James Cartlidge MP (Conservative, South Suffolk) Neil Coyle MP (Labour, Bermondsey and Old Southwark) Richard Graham MP (Conservative, Gloucester) Luke Hall MP (Conservative, Thornbury and Yate) Steve McCabe MP (Labour, Birmingham, Selly Oak) Craig Mackinlay MP (Conservative, South Thanet) Royston Smith MP (Conservative, Southampton, Itchen) Powers The Committee is one of the departmental select committees, the powers of which are set out in House of Commons Standing Orders, principally in SO No 152. These are available on the internet via www.parliament.uk. Publication Committee reports are published on the publications page of the Committee’s website and in print by Order of the House. Evidence relating to this report is published on the inquiry page of the Committee’s website. Committee staff The current staff of the Committee are Adam Mellows-Facer (Clerk), Margaret McKinnon (Second Clerk), Ian Hart (Committee Specialist), Libby McEnhill (Committee Specialist), Rod McInnes (Committee Specialist), Alison Pickard (Senior Committee Assistant), and Jessica Bridges-Palmer (Media Officer). Contacts All correspondence should be addressed to the Clerk of the Work and Pensions Committee, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA. The telephone number for general enquiries is 020 7219 8976; the Committee’s email address is workpencom@parliament.uk.

Disability employment gap 1 Contents Summary3 1 Introduction 5 The scale of the challenge 6 Employment support for disabled people 8 The scope and aims of our inquiry 10 2 Keeping sight of the target and a strategy for reaching it 11 A timeline for halving the gap 11 Measuring and reporting on progress 11 A disability employment strategy 14 3 Supporting disabled people into work 16 The Work Capability Assessment 17 Supporting disabled people who are further from work 19 Protecting vulnerable disabled claimants 21 The ESA-WRAG group 22 Access to Work 28 4 Working with employers 31 Disability Confident 31 The role of advice, guidance and financial incentives 34 Conclusions and recommendations 38 Formal Minutes 43 Witnesses44 Published written evidence 45 List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament 48

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