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Universal Credit in-work progression: policy experts questioned by Committee

29 January 2016

The Work and Pensions Committee takes evidence from policy experts as part of its inquiry into in-work progression in Universal Credit.

Witnesses

Wednesday 3 February 2016, Grimond Room, Portcullis House

At 9.30am

  • Tony Wilson, Director of Policy and Research, Learning and Work Institute
  • David Finch, Senior Economic Analyst, Resolution Foundation
  • Emma Stewart MBE, Joint Chief Executive Officer, Timewise Foundation
  • Dr Anthony Rafferty, Senior Lecturer in Employment Studies, Alliance Manchester Business School
  • Julia Waltham, Head of Campaigns and Policy, Working Families

Purpose of the session

The Committee will consider the following points:

  • the case for some form of in-work support within Universal Credit
  • the claimant groups which are most likely to be in low-hours, low-paid work and therefore require help
  • appropriate objectives for in-work progression, and how success should be measured
  • potential alternatives to a JCP-run (Job Centre Plus), interview-based approach
  • how more employers can be persuaded to support in-work progression
  • how to take account of variations in local labour markets
  • the likely effectiveness of Universal Credit's financial work incentives

Further information

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