Work and Pensions Committee Press Notice

17 October 2008: For Immediate Release


'Select Committee to hear evidence from Pension, Disability and Carers Service'

One off Evidence Session Announced

The House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee today announced a one off evidence session with Terry Moran, Chief Executive of the Pension, Disability and Carers Service (PDCS).

Particular areas of interest are likely to include:

€ The merger of the Pension Service with the Disability and Carers Service;

€ Take-up of benefits administered by PDCS (which include Pension Credit, Disability Living Allowance and Carers' Allowance);

€ The quality of customer service provided by PDCS

€ Fraud and Error

€ Efficiency savings and I.T. systems

€ The PDCS's 3 Year Plan.

Please note, this evidence session is limited to matters within the remit of the Pension, Disability and Carers Service. It will not look at the issue of benefit levels, which are set by the DWP, or wider issues around pensions or services for disabled people and carers.

The Committee seeks written contributions on this issue from interested organisations and individuals. The deadline for written evidence is 17 November 2008. The oral evidence session will take place on 17th December

Please note:

Each submission should:

€ begin with a short summary in bullet point form;

€ have numbered paragraphs;

€ be in Word format with as little use of colour/logos as possible; and

€ be emailed to the Committee, where possible, including full details and postal address.

A guide for written submissions to Select Committees may be found on the parliamentary website at: http://www.parliament.uk/commons/selcom/witguide.htm

A copy of the submission should be emailed to [email protected] and marked "Pension, Disability and Carers Service". Full postal address and contact details should be included.

Paper copies should be sent to: Hannah van Schijndel, Work and Pensions Select Committee, House of Commons, 7 Millbank, London, SW1P 3JA.

Material already published elsewhere should not form the basis of a submission, but may be referred to within a proposed memorandum, in which case a hard copy of the published work should be included.

Memoranda submitted must be kept confidential until published by the Committee, unless specifically authorised.