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Dr Thérèse Coffey MP to appear before committee

25 September 2020

Work and Pensions Secretary Rt Hon Dr Thérèse Coffey MP is to face questions from the Work and Pensions Committee on her Department’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.


In June, the Committee published a report on how the DWP had responded to the pandemic and its role in supporting those affected. The Government’s response was published earlier this month, with Committee Chair Stephen Timms writing to the Secretary of State to press for answers on a number of points not addressed by the response.

Purpose of the session

The Committee is likely to ask Dr Coffey about the issues raised in the report such as the disparity between the rise in the rate of Universal Credit compared with legacy benefits. The Secretary of State could also face questions on how the DWP is preparing for a possible increase in UC claims when the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme comes to an end next month and the Department’s role in the Government’s Plan for Jobs.

MPs may also ask about other topical issues related to the work of the DWP.


Wednesday 30th September

At 10.15am

  • The Rt Hon Thérèse Coffey MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
  • JP Marks, Director General, Work and Health Services, Department for Work and Pensions

Further information

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