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DWP Employment Support


The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on the labour market, and unemployment in the UK is expected to increase significantly. The Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) provides a range of welfare benefits and support for unemployed people through Jobcentres and through more intensive programmes, such as the Work and Health Programme.

In response to the pandemic, DWP has announced a range of measures to support people to get and keep a job, including major new programmes like Restart and Kickstart, and it is significantly increasing the number of front-line work coaches in its Jobcentres to support increased demand for Universal Credit.

The Committee will question senior DWP officials on:

  • - DWP’s objectives in providing employment support and how it works with other parts of government to meet these objectives;   
  • - how DWP delivers its support, including through its network of jobcentres, and the support people can expect from schemes; and 
  • - the challenges and risks DWP may face in delivering value for money in this area in the coming years.

If you have evidence on these questions please submit it here by 6pm on Thursday 10 June 2021.


Reports, special reports and government responses

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Fifteenth Report - DWP Employment support
Inquiry DWP Employment Support
Committees Public Accounts Committee
HC 177
Response to this report
Treasury minutes: Government response to the Committee of Public Accounts on the Fifteenth report from Session 2021-22
HC 177
Government Response

Oral evidence transcripts

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17 June 2021
Inquiry DWP Employment Support
Committees Public Accounts Committee
Oral Evidence
DES0004 - DWP Employment Support
Witnesses Dr Rita Griffiths (Research Fellow at University of Bath), Professor Jane Millar (Professor of Social Policy at University of Bath), and Fran Bennett (Senior Research Fellow at University of Oxford)
Committees Public Accounts Committee
Written Evidence
DES0005 - DWP Employment Support
Witnesses Helena Wysocki (Senior External Affairs Officer at Learning and Work Institute)
Committees Public Accounts Committee
Written Evidence
DES0006 - DWP Employment Support
Witnesses Local Government Association
Committees Public Accounts Committee
Written Evidence

Contact us

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  • Phone: 020 7219 5776 (General enquiries). For all media enquiries please contact Jessica Bridges Palmer / 07917488489
  • Address: Public Accounts Committee, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA