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Minister questioned on Universal Credit and benefit sanctions

27 June 2018

Following the NAO's devastating report on DWP's failure to assess Universal Credit's impact on claimants, or prove the benefits it has claimed for the massive welfare reform , we'll question minister Alok Sharma on benefit sanctions, the “only major welfare reform since 2010 that has not been evaluated” at all. 

Witnesses

Wednesday 27 June 2018, Wilson Room, Portcullis House

At 9.30am

  • Alok Sharma MP, Minister of State for Employment, Department of Work and Pensions
  • Neil Couling BBE, Director, Universal Credit Programme
  • Iain Walsh, Director of Labour Market Strategy & International Affairs

Universal Support

Neil Couling, director of the UC programme at DWP, will also be questioned on Universal Support – the component of UC intended as an integral part of the rollout of the massive welfare reform, to help claimants make the transition from legacy benefits. The Committee has heard in evidence that there are questions over how effectively Universal Support is being provided, or in some cases if it is being provided at all.

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