Trade and Industry Press Notice 82

Session 2002-03    14 July 2003



Publication of Report

The Trade and Industry Select Committee will publish its Eleventh Report of Session 2002-03, People, Pensions and Post Offices: the impact of 'Direct Payment' on post offices and their customers (HC 718) on Thursday 17th July 2003 at 11.00 am.

The Government announced in May 1999 that benefit payments and state pensions would, in the future, be delivered via the Direct Payment (ACT) system. The phased implementation of this policy, involving the migration of existing clients from the old system of order books and girocheques payable at Post Office branches to payments to some form of bank or building society account began in April 2003. The Committee has reviewed the way in which 'Direct Payment' has been introduced, how benefit claimants have been or will be affected and how Post Office Ltd is responding to the challenge of replacing revenue lost as a result of the change in benefits delivery policy. 

Embargoed copies for witnesses and members of the press will be available from 11.00 am on Wednesday 16th July from the Committee offices at 7 Millbank.  If you wish to collect a copy, please telephone in advance.  Witness copies not collected by 5.00 pm on Wednesday will be posted first class.  Further copies may be purchased from the Stationery Office (inquiries: 0870 600 5522) and the Report will be available on our website at the address below after publication.

The Committee will hold a press conference to announce the publication in the Grimond Room, Portcullis House, at 11.00 am on Thursday 17th July, when Members of the Committee will be available to answer questions.

For further information or to request a copy of the Report, please contact the Trade and Industry Committee Office on 020 7219 5777.