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Local welfare safety net inquiry launched

16 November 2015

The Work and Pensions Committee holds an inquiry into the "local welfare safety net"— local authority-run discretionary welfare assistance, housing payment and Council Tax support schemes.


Wednesday 18 November 2015, Wilson Room, Portcullis House

At 9.30am

  • Giles Peaker, Chair, Housing Law Practitioners Association
  • Dr Peter Kenway, Director, New Policy Institute
  • Paul Gray CB, Chair, Social Security Advisory Committee
  • Paul Howarth, Director, Welfare Reform Club

At 10.15am

  • Rachael Badger, Head of Policy Research, Citizens Advice
  • David Holmes CBE, Chief Executive, Family Action
  • Francis McGee, Director of External Affairs, Stepchange Debt Charity
  • Joanna Kennedy, Chief Executive, Zacchaeus 2000 Trust

Purpose of the session

This is the first of two evidence sessions in the inquiry. The Committee hears from academic, legal and policy experts on the opportunities and risks of localised welfare schemes and the extent to which their discretionary nature is indicative of a "postcode lottery". Welfare rights, advice and support organisations provide evidence on how the schemes are delivered locally and the impacts on claimants.

Further information

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