Committee announce evidence session for inquiry into Jobcentre Plus

11 July 2013

The Work and Pensions Select Committee has today announced the second of six planned oral evidence sessions for its inquiry into the role of Jobcentre Plus (JCP) in the reformed welfare system.

This session is with anti-poverty campaign groups and organisations representing particularly disadvantaged jobseekers. It will focus on JCP’s effectiveness at identifying jobseekers’ needs and barriers to work and tailoring employment support to meet those needs. The session will consider JCP’s use of benefit sanctions to enforce conditionality regimes and the impacts on claimants. It will also examine JCP’s efforts to tackle "digital exclusion" in the context of Universal Credit implementation and mandatory use of the new Universal Jobmatch website.

The Committee issued terms of reference for this inquiry on 19 April.

All meetings will be in a House of Commons Committee room and will be held in public.

Time/date: Wednesday 17 July at 9.45 am
Location: Grimond Room, Portcullis House


  • Seyi Obakin, Chief Executive, Centrepoint
  • Niall Cooper, National Coordinator, Church Action on Poverty
  • Fiona Weir, Chief Executive Officer, Gingerbread
  • Chris Johnes, Director UK Poverty Programme, Oxfam GB
  • Robert Trotter, Public Policy Advisor (Employment and Skills), Scope

Further evidence sessions are scheduled on the following dates. Details will be confirmed in due course:

  • Wednesday 11 September at 9.30am
  • Wednesday 16 October at 9.30am
  • Wednesday 30 October at 9.30am
  • Wednesday 20 November at 9.30am

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