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Committee hears evidence from Iain Duncan Smith

3 February 2014

The Work and Pensions Select Committee will question the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the Department's Annual Report and Accounts 2012-13.


Monday 3 February, Wilson Room

At 4.30pm:

  • Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
  • Robert Devereux, Permanent Secretary
  • Mike Driver, Director General for Finance

Purpose of the session

This will be a wide-ranging session, covering the expenditure and administration of the Department for Work and Pensions across its areas of responsibility, arising from the DWP Annual Report and Accounts for 2012-13 (PDF 2.59MB), which were published in December 2013.

The issues to be discussed are likely to include:

  • Trends in benefit expenditure
  • Implications for DWP expenditure of announcements in the Spending Round and the Autumn Statement 2013
  • Costs of Universal Credit implementation, including IT expenditure and the new digital solution

Further information

This is the second meeting with the Secretary of State to discuss the DWP Annual Report & Accounts 2012-13.  The first session was held on 9 December 2013 and focused on DWP statistics and Universal Credit. Further information about that meeting is available online.

The  DWP Annual Report and Accounts (ARA) for 2012-13 (PDF 2.59MB) was expected to be published at the end of June 2013 but was eventually published on 10 December 2013.