Iain Duncan Smith questioned on Universal Credit and DWP statistics

09 December 2013

The Committee will be taking evidence from the Secretary of State and the Minister for Welfare Reform on the Department for Work and Pensions Annual Report and Accounts.  The session is expected to cover issues including Universal Credit and DWP statistics.


4.30 pm, Monday 9 December, Wilson Room, Portcullis House

Department for Work and Pensions

  • Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
  • Lord Freud, Minister for Welfare Reform
  • Howard Shiplee CBE, Universal Credit Director General
  • Mike Driver, Finance Director General

Purpose of the session

  • Universal Credit: The Committee held an oral evidence session on Universal Credit implementation with the Secretary of State on 10 July. This session will follow up the findings of the National Audit Office and Public Accounts Committee reports on Universal Credit, which have since been published.
  • DWP statistics: The Committee held an oral evidence session with DWP officials on 10 July to examine the way in which benefit statistics are released to the media. This session will provide an opportunity for the Committee to put points raised in that session to the Secretary of State.
  • DWP Annual Report & Accounts 2012-13: Publication of the DWP Annual Report and Accounts (ARA) for 2012-13 was expected at the end of June but has been delayed. Publication is now expected in the next few weeks. The Committee’s normal practice is to hold an oral evidence session with the Secretary of State and Permanent Secretary on administration and expenditure issues arising from the ARA. Given the importance of focusing on Universal Credit in the session on 9 December, the Committee intends to hold a further session, to cover wider aspects of DWP’s performance, in the new year.

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