Support for housing costs inquiry - evidence session announced

31 October 2013

The Work and Pensions Select Committee has today announced the first oral evidence session for its inquiry into support for housing costs in the reformed welfare system.

The witnesses will be academics and experts in the areas of housing and welfare reform.

The session will consider the impact of welfare reforms on tenants, landlords and the private sector rental market and will explore innovative approaches to helping tenants and landlords to cope with the changes

The session will consider the sufficiency of transitional arrangements in helping tenants and landlords to adapt to the changes; the impact of specific housing benefit reforms, including the benefit cap and the social size criteria; and the impact to date on incentives to work.

The Committee issued terms of reference for this inquiry on 23 July.

Wednesday 6 November at 9.30 am , in the Grimond Room, Portcullis House


  • Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick, School of the Built Environment, Heriot-Watt University
  • Robert Joyce, Senior Research Economist, Institute for Fiscal Studies
  • Professor Steve Wilcox, Centre for Housing Policy, University of York

Further evidence sessions are scheduled on the following dates. All meetings will be in a House of Commons Committee room and will be held in public. Details will be confirmed in due course


  • Wednesday 4 December at 9.30am
  • Wednesday 18 December at 9.30am

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