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MPs hear from Welsh Government minister on devolution of benefits

29 November 2021

The Welsh Affairs Committee will continue to take evidence as part of its inquiry into the Benefits System in Wales.

Purpose of the session

The Committee will first hear from the Welsh Government’s Minister for Social Justice, Jane Hutt MS. They will likely cover topics ranging from the Welsh Government’s proposed Universal Basic Income pilot to the lessons which have been learnt from the covid-19 pandemic in ensuring people have access to the benefits they need. The further devolution of benefits is also likely to be raised, in light of the recent Co-Operation Agreement reached between the Welsh Government and Plaid Cymru.

The Committee will then take evidence from organisations working with different groups of claimants in Wales, learning about claimants’ experiences with the benefits system. Issues likely to be discussed include financial pressures, issues for people with disabilities and long-term health conditions, as well as housing costs.

Witnesses

Thursday 2 December 2021

From 9.30am:

  • Jane Hutt MS, Minister for Social Justice, Welsh Government
  • Paul Neave, Head of Social Welfare Advice and DWP Policy, Welsh Government

From 10.30am:

  • Gwennan Hardy, Senior Policy Officer, Citizens Advice Cymru
  • Cordelia Deady, Welfare Rights Supervisor, Wrexham County Borough Council
  • Alison Corriea, Welfare Adviser, Cartrefi Conwy Housing Association
  • Megan Thomas, Policy and Research Officer, Disability Wales

Further information

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