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Work and Pensions Committee

Commons Select Committee

The Work and Pensions Committee looks into the policies and spending of the Department for Work and Pensions, including benefits for people in and out of work, state pensions and how private pensions are regulated. It also scrutinises DWP’s public bodies and other regulators. It is chaired by Sir Stephen Timms MP. You can follow the Committee on Twitter @CommonsWorkPen

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Past events

Wednesday 7 June 2023
9:25am Public
Cost of living support payments - Oral evidence 7 June 2023
  • Helen Barnard (Director of Policy, Research and Impact at The Trussell Trust)
  • Maddy Rose (Policy Specialist at Royal Mencap Society)
  • Sally West (Policy Manager at Age UK)
  • Morgan Wild (Head of Policy at Citizens Advice)
  • Fran Bennett (Associate Fellow at University of Oxford)
  • Richard Hunt (Head of Hospitality, Catering and Country Parks at Leicestershire County Council)
  • Maxwell Marlow (Director of Research at Adam Smith Institute)
Room 15, Palace of Westminster
Wednesday 24 May 2023
9:30am Private
Private meeting 24 May 2023
Room 13, Palace of Westminster
Wednesday 17 May 2023
9:00am Private
9:15am Public
Benefit levels in the UK - Oral evidence 17 May 2023
  • David Stickland (Director at Benefits Training Company)
  • Dr Steffan Evans (Head of Policy (Poverty) at Bevan Foundation)
  • Professor Stephen Sinclair (Professor in Social Policy at Glasgow Caledonian University)
  • Ciara Fitzpatrick (Academic Adviser at Northern Ireland Cliff Edge Coalition)
  • Kirsty McHugh (CEO at Carers Trust UK)
  • Ken Butler (Welfare Rights and Policy Adviser at Disability Rights UK)
  • Tom Lee (Senior Policy Analyst at Child Poverty Action Group)
  • James Taylor (Executive Director of Strategy, Impact and Social Change at Scope)
Room 16, Palace of Westminster
Wednesday 10 May 2023
9:00am Private
9:15am Public
Effectiveness of sanctions - Oral evidence 10 May 2023
  • Tom Waters (Associate Director at The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS))
  • Dr Serena Pattaro (Research Fellow at University of Glasgow)
  • Dr Patrick Arni (Senior Lecturer at School of Economics, University of Bristol)
Room 6, Palace of Westminster

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  • Address: Work and Pensions Committee | House of Commons | London | SW1A 0AA