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Work and Pensions Committee to question local authorities and charities

6 May 2021

The Work and Pensions Committee is to take evidence from local authorities and charities during the third oral evidence session of the children in poverty inquiry.

The inquiry is initially focusing on how best to measure child poverty and its impact.

Purpose of the session

The first part of the meeting with representatives from local authorities will explore the relationship between child poverty and factors such as worklessness, education and social care. It will also examine the role of local authorities in tackling child poverty and how the DWP coordinates action with councils and other Government departments.

The second half of the session, with representatives from charities which support families and children, will look at the relationship between child poverty and disabilities and debt. The Committee could also explore issues around food poverty and the impact of the Government’s Universal Credit policy.

Transcripts of previous evidence sessions are available on the Committee’s website.

Witnesses

Wednesday 12th May

At 9.30am

Panel 1

  • Will Tuckley, Chief Executive, London Borough of Tower Hamlets
  • Gavin Mullin, Commissioning Officer, Children and Families, Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council
  • Charlotte Ramsden, President of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS); Strategic Director of People at Salford City Council

Panel 2

  • Peter Tutton, Head of Policy, Research and Public Affairs, StepChange Debt Charity
  • Sabine Goodwin, Co-ordinator, Independent Food Aid Network (IFAN)
  • Una Summerson, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Contact, for families with disabled children

Further information

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