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Cost of living support payments

Inquiry

The Work and Pensions Select Committee is conducting an inquiry looking into the  Government’s cost of living support packages for 2022–23 and 2023–24. Individuals, researchers and organisations with a view of the terms of reference are welcome to submit evidence to the Committee.

When introducing the newest cost of living support payments for Spring 2023, Rt Hon Mel  Stride MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pension, said the Government was sticking by its  “promise to protect the most vulnerable”, and that the payments were to “provide vital support next year for those on the lowest incomes”. The Committee would like to explore whether the DWP has been successful in meeting this objective, and whether the adequacy of support made available to eligible households was sufficient in helping them meet the basic cost of living. The Committee will also explore whether the design and delivery of support meant that some individuals were deemed ineligible for support, and as a result were prevented from accessing some, if not all, of the  payments.

Read the call for evidence here.

This inquiry is no longer accepting evidence

The deadline for submissions was Friday 12 May 2023.

Reports, special reports and government responses

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Large Print - Cost of living support payments
Inquiry Cost of living support payments
HC 143
Report
Response to this report
Large Print - Second Special Report - Cost of living support payments: Government Response to the Committee's First Report of Session 2023-24
HC 485
Special Report
Large Print - Second Special Report - Cost of living support payments: Government Response to the Committee's First Report of Session 2023-24
Inquiry Cost of living support payments
HC 485
Special Report
First Report - Cost of Living Support Payments
Inquiry Cost of living support payments
HC 143
Report
Response to this report
Second Special Report - Cost of living support payments: Government Response to the Committee's First Report of Session 2023-24
HC 485
Special Report

Oral evidence transcripts

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5 July 2023
Inquiry Cost of living support payments
Witnesses Dr Miroslav Štefánik (Director at Institute of Economic Research Slovak Academy of Sciences), Dr Jennifer Robson (Program Director and Associate Professor of Political Management at Kroeger College, Carleton University (Canada)), Professor Thomas Gerlinger (Faculty of Health Sciences at Bielefeld University (Germany)), Mims Davies MP (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Minister for Social Mobility, Youth and Progression) at Department for Work and Pensions), Katy Roberts (Deputy Director, Poverty Strategy at Department for Work and Pensions), Neil Couling (Director General, Change and Resilience Group at Department for Work and Pensions), and Nagesh Reddy (Portfolio Director, Change and Resilience Group at Department for Work and Pensions)
Oral Evidence
7 June 2023
Inquiry Cost of living support payments
Witnesses Helen Barnard (Director of Policy, Research and Impact at The Trussell Trust), Maddy Rose (Policy Specialist at Royal Mencap Society), Sally West (Policy Manager at Age UK), Morgan Wild (Head of Policy at Citizens Advice), Fran Bennett (Associate Fellow at University of Oxford), Richard Hunt (Head of Hospitality, Catering and Country Parks at Leicestershire County Council), and Maxwell Marlow (Director of Research at Adam Smith Institute)
Oral Evidence
Anonymised (CLP0012)
Anonymised (CLP0058)
Anonymised (CLP0032)

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