Work and Pensions Committee - Ongoing Inquiries

Details of ongoing inquiries by the Work and Pensions Committee into: Local Welfare Safety Net, Welfare to Work, Benefit Delivery
Publication Date: 18.11.2015

 

Welfare to Work Inquiry

The Work and Pensions Committee has said that when the current Work Programme and Work Choice contracts are replaced in 2017, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) must more effectively focus its contracted employment programmes (welfare-to-work) on unemployed people with challenging problems such as drug and alcohol addiction, illiteracy and innumeracy, homelessness and very weak employment history.

The report on this inquiry has recently been published as is now awaiting an official government response. To access the full report, please click here.

 

Benefit Delivery Inquiry

The Work and Pensions Committee is holding an inquiry into the timeliness and accuracy of benefit delivery by the DWP. Potential problems that can arise when benefits are delayed or underpaid include people resorting to food banks for emergency food rations.

The deadline for evidence submissions has now passed. To access a list of the latest evidence submitted, please click here. 

 

Local Welfare Saftey Net Inquiry

The Committee invites evidence on discretionary welfare, housing and Council Tax assistance schemes, including issues of sufficiency; accessibility; allocation criteria and appeals; and how local policies are drawn up and monitored. 

The Committee is particularly interested in the interaction between the national benefits system and these locally-run schemes, and variations between different areas, both in terms of the type and level of support available and the eligibility criteria applied by different local authorities.

The Committee is considering the extent to which local discretion and variations in provision represent "localism in action" or in fact create a "postcode lottery", and is seeking to highlight good practice; identify where gaps in provision might exist; and suggest remedies.

The deadline for evidence submissions has now passed. To access a list of the latest evidence submitted, please click here.