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7 June 2023 - Cost of living support payments - Oral evidence

Committee Work and Pensions Committee
Inquiry Cost of living support payments

Wednesday 7 June 2023

Start times: 9:15am (private) 9:25am (public)

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Cost of living support payments: Work and Pensions Committee to hold first oral evidence session

MPs question policy experts during the first oral evidence session of the Work and Pensions Committee’s inquiry into the effectiveness of the Government’s cost of living support payments.

The cost of living support payments were introduced by the Government to help those entitled to certain benefits and tax credits with the cost of living, in light of the increase in the cost of food, energy and other essentials.

Meeting details

At 9:25am: Oral evidence
Inquiry Cost of living support payments
Director of Policy, Research and Impact at The Trussell Trust
Policy Specialist at Royal Mencap Society
Policy Manager at Age UK
Head of Policy at Citizens Advice
At 10:25am: Oral evidence
Inquiry Cost of living support payments
Associate Fellow at University of Oxford
Head of Hospitality, Catering and Country Parks at Leicestershire County Council
Director of Research at Adam Smith Institute

The first part of the session, featuring representatives from charities and support organisations, will examine the impact of support payments on the general population and specific groups such as pensioners and those with disabilities. Questions are likely to focus on whether the support is reaching those most in need and the effectiveness of payments compared with uplifting benefit levels.

The second part of the session will explore whether alternatives to cost of living payments, such as changes to the tax system, raising Universal Credit and increasing the size of the Household Support Fund, could be more effective in providing support for those in need.


Room 15, Palace of Westminster

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