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Committee takes evidence from the Secretary of State

23 October 2015

This is the Work and Pensions Committee's first oral evidence session of the 2015 Parliament with the Secretary of State. The session questions the Secretary of State on the Department's annual report and accounts.


Wednesday 28 October 2015, Wilson Room, Portcullis House

At 9.30am

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

Purpose of the session

The session can span the range of Department for Work and Pensions' responsibilities and expenditure, including:

  • the impact of spending cuts on claimants; administrative spending; impact on capability and capacity; and high levels of fraud and error in benefit payments
  • the Department's preparedness for implementing pension reforms, including auto-enrolment and small businesses, Pensions Freedoms; and the New State Pension
  • delays in processing benefit claims, including Personal Independence Payments and Employment and Support Allowance
  • Welfare-to-Work and tackling the disability employment gap; and
  • the rollout of Universal Credit: the Department's plans and milestones

Further information

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