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Work and Pensions Committee Chair Stephen Timms comments on evidence session with Secretary of State on cost of living

9 February 2022

Chair's comment

Commenting on this morning’s evidence session with Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Thérèse Coffey MP on the cost of living, Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP, Chair of the Work and Pensions Committee, said:

“The lack of detail that the Secretary of State was able to give us on what the Government is doing to support the many people currently struggling to get by was hugely disappointing.

What is equally worrying was her admission that the cross-government group set up to address just these issues seems to have been paused at the critical moment when large numbers are facing spiralling food and energy costs.

With a cost of living crisis looming, the Committee will be writing to the DWP to seek some urgent answers on what more Ministers plan to do to help those in need.”

A transcript of the session will be available in the coming days.

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