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Secretary of State questioned on cost of living

27 June 2022

The Work and Pensions Committee questions Secretary of State Thérèse Coffey MP on what the Government is doing to help people with the rising cost of living and the Scottish Government Social Security Minister Ben Macpherson MSP on health assessments for benefits.


Wednesday 29 June, Committee Room 6, Palace of Westminster

At 9.00am

  • Ben Macpherson MSP, Minister for Social Security and Local Government
  • Matthew Duff, Disability Benefits Policy Manager, Scottish Government
  • Paul Knight, Chief Officer Health and Social Care Operations, Social Security Scotland

At 9.45am

  • Rt Hon Dr Thérèse Coffey, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
  • Peter Schofield, Permanent Secretary, Department for Work and Pensions

Last month the Committee invited submissions on how the Government could offer additional support to those on low income through the social security system. The submissions were published last week and MPs will now have a chance to put some of the ideas to Dr Coffey during the session.

The hearing will also be an opportunity to discuss topics such as the progress being made on correcting underpayments of the state pension, the DWP’s approach to publishing reports and research and the Government’s employment support programmes.

Before the appearance of the Work and Pensions Secretary and Permanent Secretary at 9.45am, the Committee will be questioning Ben Macpherson MSP, the Scottish Government’s Minister for Social Security and Local Government and officials as part of the inquiry into health assessments for benefits.

The Scottish Government is currently rolling out the new Adult Disability Payment (ADP) in place of Personal Independent Payment (PIP). The session will allow the Committee to explore the differences between the two and the development of the Scottish Government’s application and assessment process.

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