Skip to main content

Department for Work and Pensions preparations for changes in the world of work examined

23 November 2020

The Work and Pensions Committee continues its inquiry into DWP’s preparations for changes in the world of work with a session focusing on the impact of the changes on specific groups.


Wednesday 25th November, virtual meeting

At 9.30am

Panel 1

  • Hector Minto, Senior Technology Evangelist for Accessibility, Microsoft
  • Kim Chaplain, Associate Director of Work, Centre for Ageing Better
  • James Taylor, Executive Director for Strategy, Impact and Social Change, Scope

Panel 2

  • Carys Roberts, Executive Director, IPPR
  • Julia Waltham, Head of Policy and Influencing, Working Families
  • Dr Mary-Ann Stephenson, Director, Women’s Budget Group

The meeting will be a chance to explore how technological change in the workplace will affect groups including disabled people, women, black and minority ethnic (BAME) people, older workers and people with caring responsibilities.

The first panel will focus on support for older people and access to assistive technologies. The second panel will discuss issues relating to women’s employment, BAME and younger people and those with caring responsibilities.

The Committee’s inquiry is looking at some of the possible medium and long-term changes likely to affect the workplace and how the DWP needs to prepare to support people both in and out of work.

Previous sessions have focused on the impact of automation and how to ensure young people in particular are properly supported to adapt to labour market changes. The Committee has also taken evidence on the benefits and drawbacks of a Universal Basic Income.

Further information

Image: CCO