Committee hears evidence from DWP and Treasury Ministers

07 April 2014

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.

Further information

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