Trade and Industry Committee Press Notice 66

Session 2002-03    11 April 2003


Press Notice 66

THE IMPACT OF THE INTRODUCTION OF DIRECT PAYMENT FOR STATE PENSION AND BENEFIT PAYMENTS ON POST OFFICE BUSINESS

Direct Payment is the term used by the Government to describe the way state pensions and benefits will be paid in the future. The use of order books, girocheques and payable orders to deliver state and war pensions, tax credits and benefits via post offices will be phased out over a two year period, to be replaced by direct payments into bank, building society or Post Office™ accounts.  The Trade and Industry Committee will conduct a brief inquiry into the potential effects of this change in pensions and benefit delivery on post offices and their customers..

Written evidence

The Committee invites written evidence which should be submitted by Monday 12 May.  If possible, evidence should take the form of a memorandum with numbered paragraphs and should be submitted, as a MS Word document, by e-mail to [email protected] with a single hard copy sent to the Clerk at the address above.

Oral evidence

 The Committee intends to take oral evidence during the course of this inquiry.  Details will be announced in a separate Press Notice as soon as possible.

For further information please contact the Committee Office on 020 7215 5777/5778/5779.