The Work and Pensions Select Committee will hold the final evidence session of its inquiry into fraud and error in the benefits system on Monday 7 April.
Monday 7 April, 4.30 pm, Grimond Room, Portcullis House, House of Commons
- Department for Work and Pensions – Lord Freud, Minister for Welfare Reform, and officials
- HM Treasury – Mr David Gauke MP, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury (and departmental Minister for HMRC), and officials
Purpose of the meeting
The session will consider and challenge the Government’s position on a range of issues highlighted during the inquiry, including:
- the effectiveness of the joint DWP/HMRC fraud and error strategy, published in 2010 and "refreshed" in 2012, including progress made towards key performance targets;
- the likely impacts on fraud and error of the introduction of Universal Credit;
- the role of local authorities in: the administration of Housing Benefit; the housing element of Universal Credit; and the Single Fraud Investigation Service; and
- possible new approaches to tackling fraud and error in the benefits system, including greater use of private sector data and use of new technologies.