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Local welfare safety net inquiry

Inquiry

Government response


Committee Report

The Committee invites evidence on discretionary welfare, housing and Council Tax assistance schemes, including issues of sufficiency; accessibility; allocation criteria and appeals; and how local policies are drawn up and monitored.

The Committee is particularly interested in the interaction between the national benefits system and these locally-run schemes, and variations between different areas, both in terms of the type and level of support available and the eligibility criteria applied by different local authorities.

The Committee is considering the extent to which local discretion and variations in provision represent "localism in action" or in fact create a "postcode lottery", and is seeking to highlight good practice; identify where gaps in provision might exist; and suggest remedies.

Reports, special reports and government responses

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5th Report - The local welfare safety net
Inquiry Local welfare safety net inquiry
HC 373
Report
Response to this report
6th Special Report: The local welfare safety net: Government Response to the Committee’s Fifth Report of Session 2015-16
Special Report
6th Special Report: The local welfare safety net: Government Response to the Committee’s Fifth Report of Session 2015-16
Inquiry Local welfare safety net inquiry
Special Report

Oral evidence transcripts

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2 December 2015
Inquiry Local welfare safety net inquiry
Witnesses Jill Farrar, Senior Team Manager, Blackpool Council, Councillor Paul McGlone, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance and Investment, Lambeth Council, and Councillor John Fuller, Vice Chairman, Resources Panel, Local Government Association and Leader South Norfolk District Council; Marcus Jones MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Matthew Style, Director of Local Government Finance, Department for Communities and Local Government, Rt Hon Lord Freud, Minister for Welfare Reform, and Pete Searle, Director of Working Age, Department for Work and Pensions (at 10.15am).
Oral Evidence
18 November 2015
Inquiry Local welfare safety net inquiry
Witnesses Giles Peaker, Chair, Housing Law Practitioners Association, Paul Gray CB, Chair, Social Security Advisory Committee, Paul Howarth, Director, Welfare Reform Club, Dr Peter Kenway, Director, New Policy InstituteRachael Badger, Head of Policy Research, Citizens Advice, David Holmes CBE, Chief Executive, Family Action, Francis McGee, Director of External Affairs, Stepchange Debt Charity, Joanna Kennedy, Chief Executive, Zacchaeus 2000 Trust
Oral Evidence
Derbyshire County Council (LCW0010)
BenX (LCW0051)
Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council (LCW0061)

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