Work and Pensions Select Committee
The Work and Pensions Select Committee is a select committee of the House of Commons in the Parliament of the United Kingdom. The remit of the Committee is to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department for Work and Pensions and its associated public bodies.
The full Membership of the committee is as follows:
Occasionally, the House of Commons orders changes to be made in terms of membership of select committees, as proposed by the Committee of Selection. It often follows an MP's promotion to the frontbench.
|October 2015||Debbie Abrahams MP (Labour)||Oldham East and Saddleworth||→||Steve McCabe MP (Labour)||Birmingham Selly Oak|
|February 2016||Emma Lewell-Buck MP (Labour)||South Shields||→||Neil Coyle MP (Labour)||Bermondsey and Old Southwark|
Welfare safety net inquiry
On the 18th of September, the Committee announced that it was beginning an enquiry into the 'welfare safety net'. The Committee's chair, in launching the enquiry, said:
"There is a great deal of concern that some of the least advantaged people are slipping through our safety net into a state of hunger. Our welfare safety net has developed over decades because there is a level below which we as a society do not believe anyone should fall, no matter where they live. We want to understand how local councils are adapting and coping with the changes in benefits and the extra responsibilities on them to meet genuine need and maintain that basic safety net."
- "Winning candidates for select committee Chairs announced". UK Parliament. 18 June 2015. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
- "Work and Pensions Committee - membership". UK Parliament. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
- "Welfare safety net inquiry launched". UK Parliament. Retrieved 21 September 2015.