On Monday I was drawn to question the Minister in Work and Pensions questions on Personal Independence Payments.
I asked the Minister why did the Minister not consult the Social Security Advisory Committee, where her contentions about the impact of this benefit could have been challenged?
The Minister responded that the “Committee is within its rights to look at the decision. It did so, and it concluded that it would not formally review that decision. We have used the urgency procedure, as it was within our rights to do, to establish certainty. We do not want there to be a long period of uncertainty around this”.
But surely it is right and proper for decisions of this nature to go to the Social Security Advisory Committee so that an in depth evaluation could be undertaken by experts and impartial witnesses. This Government needs to learn that the voice of experts is not something you should ignore.