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Work and Pensions Committee
Report and Government response published.
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.
Evidence given by 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).
Evidence given by 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
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Work and Pensions Committee publishes Government response to the Local welfare Safety net report