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Committee to question Permanent Secretary and senior officials

19 October 2020

The Work and Pensions Committee will question the Permanent Secretary and other DWP senior officials about the work of the Department, during a session on the DWP’s 2019-20 Annual Report and Accounts.

Purpose of the session

The hearing will give Members the chance to ask about the Department’s range of responsibilities. It is likely to touch on the DWP’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, in terms of both handling new benefit claims and the longer-term strategy of supporting jobs.

The Committee may also raise how the Department is reducing fraud and error in the benefits system and its approach to supporting disabled people and disability benefits.

Following the Committee’s session with the Secretary of State in July, Members may wish to ask about the progress being made to improve safeguarding and how the Department in strengthening protections for vulnerable people using the benefits system.


Wednesday 21st October

At 9.30am

  • Peter Schofield, Permanent Secretary at Department for Work and Pensions 
  • John Paul Marks, Director General, Work and Health Services at Department for Work and Pensions 
  • Nick Joicey, Finance Director General at Department for Work and Pensions
  • Debbie Alder, Director, People and Capability at Department for Work and Pensions 

Further information

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