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DWP's response to the coronavirus outbreak

Inquiry

This inquiry looked at how coronavirus is affecting people who rely on the benefits system. It examined the Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) response to the Covid-19 pandemic and whether the Universal Credit system meets the needs of those claiming benefits during this time.

It focused on:

  • The experiences of people claiming benefits for the first time
  • The experiences of people already claiming benefits
  • The experiences of people who need support but can’t claim any benefits.

Read the call for evidence to find out more about the inquiry.

Work news

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Committee to question DWP ministers on temporary increase to Universal Credit
Welfare Delivery Minister Will Quince and Employment Minister Mims Davies are to face questions from the Work and Pensions Committee on the Government’s decision to end the temporary £20 a week uplift to Universal Credit
14 September 2021
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Universal Credit £20 weekly increase must be extended to prevent hundreds of thousands falling into poverty
The Work and Pensions Committee publishes the temporary increase in Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit report
9 February 2021
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Committee to hold session on Universal Credit £20 increase and hearing with Secretary of State
Committee to hold two sessions – on the £20 increase in Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit and with the Secretary of State Dr Thérèse Coffey MP
1 February 2021
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Work and Pensions Committee to hold evidence session on Restart scheme
MPs will take evidence from academics and policy experts on the Government’s new Restart employment support programme.
11 December 2020
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Child poverty and development examined with the Children’s Commissioner for England
The Work and Pensions Committee explores the DWP’s response to coronavirus
7 December 2020
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Committee holds session on support for people claiming benefits
Committee to hold a session on the experiences of people claiming benefits for the first time
17 November 2020
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Dr Thérèse Coffey MP to appear before committee
Dr Thérèse Coffey MP to give evidence to the committee on her Department’s response to the coronavirus outbreak
25 September 2020
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Raise the rates of legacy benefits to support people hit hard by coronavirus pandemic, not just Universal Credit, say MPs
Work and Pensions Committee publishes report on DWP's response to coronavirus outbreak
22 June 2020
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Committee to question employment policy specialists
Committee to question employment policy specialists
19 May 2020
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Organisations supporting benefit claimants questioned on DWP response to coronavirus
Work and Pensions considers the Department's handling of the large increase in benefit claims
5 May 2020
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Committee publishes results of survey on experiences of benefit system
DWP's response to the coronavirus outbreak: Work and Pensions Committee publishes results of survey on experiences of benefit system
24 April 2020
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MPs want to hear experiences of people claiming benefits
DWP's response to the coronavirus outbreak: MPs want to hear experiences of people claiming benefits
8 April 2020
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Chairs call for Government to support people with no recourse to public funds
avirus and support for workers: Committee Chairs call for Government to support people with no recourse to public funds
3 April 2020
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Work and Pensions Committee questions Secretary of State on DWP response to coronavirus
Dr Thérèse Coffey MP will be questioned on how her Department is responding to the coronavirus outbreak.
20 March 2020
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Chair writes to Secretary of State on response to coronavirus outbreak
Work and Pensions Committee Chair Stephen Timms MP writes to Secretary of State on DWP's response to coronavirus outbreak
19 March 2020
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Coronavirus: Stephen Timms MP writes to Secretary of State on implications of COVID-19 for DWP
Stephen Timms MP writes to the Secretary of State about the impact of COVID-19
4 March 2020
Total results 16 (page 1 of 1)

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