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Policy and Consultations:

2024 Consultations

  • The IRRV responds to consultations that are relevant to the membership and profession across all the Institute’s faculties. Most consultations of interest are issued by the UK national governments on legislative matters, but responses can be made to papers emanating from the private and non-profit sectors and from international bodies. 

    This work is undertaken under the guidance of the Law and Research Portfolio Holder.  Drafting is developed with the input of the  Institute’s Faculty Board members.  Issues being consulted upon can often span the interests of two or more Boards; it is a strength of the Institute’s responses that they reflect that wider professional viewpoint.

  • This consultation seeks views on the approaches government should consider around modernising the welfare system for people with disabilities and health conditions.

    The Department for Work & Pensions want to ensure that they have a welfare system that is fit for the future, a system that supports work for people who can, provides a safety net for people who need it, and that is fair to the taxpayer. This consultation seeks views on whether they should make fundamental changes to how they support disabled people and people with health conditions, and whether their system delivers the right support to people most in need.

    The consultation will focus on the primary extra costs benefit that provides support to adults of working age with the additional costs of having a disability or long-term health condition: Personal Independence Payment (PIP). The views shared during this consultation period will be used to help shape the future of the health and disability benefits system.

    The paper can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/modernising-support-for-independent-living-the-health-and-disability-green-paper/modernising-support-for-independent-living-the-health-and-disability-green-paper#how-to-respond.

    This consultation closes at 11:59pm on 22 July 2024.

  • A call for evidence to inform a programme of work announced at the Autumn Statement in 2023. It is part of a wider suite of activity to reform the fit note and will act as a prelude to a full consultation on specific policy proposals which will be launched later this year.

    The call for evidence can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/calls-for-evidence/fit-note-reform-call-for-evidence?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications-topic&utm_source=95e98dfc-e490-4c45-ac95-3e5f354b9025&utm_content=daily

    This call for evidence will be open until 8 July 2024.

  • The Chair of the Independent Review of Adult Disability Payment is seeking evidence from a variety of audiences about the first year of delivery. This will be used to help inform recommendations to ensure that Adult Disability Payment meets the needs of disabled people.

    The purpose of this call for evidence is to gather evidence from all interested parties to inform recommendations in relation to the Independent Review of Adult Disability Payment. This call for evidence is primarily intended for organisations, although anyone can respond.

    The call for evidence asks wider questions relating to Adult Disability Payment which will help to inform the Chair's recommendations. It will also provide an opportunity for specific feedback in relation to the areas identified in the Terms of Reference as being specific focus for the review.

    This call for evidence is divided into the following sections:

    1. Factors affecting take-up of Adult Disability Payment

    2. Pre-application support for Adult Disability Payment applications

    3. Processing times for Adult Disability Payment applications

    4. Decisions, re-determinations and appeals

    5. Informing about a change of circumstances

    6. Review periods

    7. Other considerations

    The call for evidence can be found at https://consult.gov.scot/social-security/call-for-evidence-adult-disability-payment-review/

    This call for evidence will be open until 23 August 2024.