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14 June 2023 - Benefit levels in the UK - Oral evidence

Committee Work and Pensions Committee
Inquiry Benefit levels in the UK

Wednesday 14 June 2023

Start times: 9:00am (private) 9:25am (public)

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Benefit levels in the UK: Work and Pensions Committee to question Sir Iain Duncan Smith MP

Former Work and Pensions Secretary Rt Hon Sir Iain Duncan Smith MP will face questions on the Coalition Government’s approach to welfare reform, as the Work and Pensions Committee’s inquiry into benefit levels in the UK examines how benefits have been set in the past and how they might be set in the future.

As Secretary of State during the introduction of Universal Credit, Sir Iain will likely be asked for his views on the impact that UC has had on benefit levels, the policy objectives behind the Coalition Government’s approach and benefit uprating. He will be joined on the first panel by Deven Ghelani, Director and Founder of Policy and Practice, who has worked on UC since its inception.

Meeting details

At 9:25am: Oral evidence
Inquiry Benefit levels in the UK
Director and Founder at Policy in Practice
At 10:25am: Oral evidence
Inquiry Benefit levels in the UK
Chair at Social Security Advisory Committee
At 10:50am: Oral evidence
Inquiry Benefit levels in the UK
Professor at Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University
Secretariat at Social Metrics Commission

The Committee will also question Dr Stephen Brien, Chair of the Social Security Advisory Committee.

The third and final panel, featuring academic Professor Peter Whiteford from the Australian National University and Matthew Oakley from the Social Metrics Commission, will explore how an independent body might have a role in setting benefit levels, in a similar way to which the Low Pay Commission advises the Government on the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage.


Room 5, Palace of Westminster

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