Work and Pensions Select Committee

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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.


As of September 2015, the Committee Chair is, Frank Field.[1]

The full Membership of the committee is as follows:

Member Party Constituency
Debbie Abrahams MP Labour Oldham East and Saddleworth
Heidi Allen MP Conservative South Cambridgeshire
Mhairi Black MP Scottish National Party Paisley and Renfrewshire South
Karen Buck MP Labour Westminster North
John Glen MP Conservative Salisbury
Richard Graham MP Conservative Gloucester
Emma Lewell-Buck MP Labour South Shields
Craig Mackinlay MP Conservative South Thanet
Jeremy Quin Conservative Horsham
Craig Williams MP Conservatve Cardiff North

Source: Work and Pensions Committee[2]


Occasionally, the House of Commons orders changes to be made in terms of membership of select committees, as proposed by the Committee of Selection. Such changes during the 2010-2015 Parliament are shown below.

Date Outgoing Member
& Party
Constituency New Member
& Party
Constituency Source
2 November 2010 Karen Buck MP (Labour) Westminster North Alex Cunningham MP (Labour) Stockton North Hansard
Margaret Curran MP (Labour) Glasgow East Glenda Jackson MP (Labour) Hampstead and Kilburn
Shabana Mahmood MP (Labour) Birmingham Ladywood Teresa Pearce MP (Labour) Erith and Thamesmead
29 November 2010 Richard Graham MP (Conservative) Gloucester Andrew Bingham MP (Conservative) High Peak Hansard
Sajid Javid MP (Conservative) Bromsgrove Brandon Lewis MP (Conservative) Great Yarmouth
27 June 2011 Alex Cunningham MP (Labour) Stockton North Debbie Abrahams MP (Labour) Oldham East and Saddleworth Hansard
25 October 2011 Kate Green MP (Labour) Stretford and Urmston Sheila Gilmore MP (Labour) Edinburgh East Hansard
29 October 2012 Harriett Baldwin MP (Conservative) West Worcestershire Aidan Burley MP (Conservative) Cannock Chase Hansard
Andrew Bingham MP (Conservative) High Peak Jane Ellison MP (Conservative) Battersea
Karen Bradley MP (Conservative) Staffordshire Moorlands Graham Evans MP (Conservative) Weaver Vale
Oliver Heald MP (Conservative) North East Hertfordshire Nigel Mills MP (Conservative) Amber Valley
Brandon Lewis MP (Conservative) Great Yarmouth Anne Marie Morris MP (Conservative) Newton Abbot
10 June 2013 Aidan Burley MP (Conservative) Cannock Chase Mike Freer MP (Conservative) Finchley and Golders Green Hansard

Welfare safety net inquiry[edit]

On the 18th of September, the Committee announced that it was beginning an enquiry into the 'welfare safety net'.[3] 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."

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Winning candidates for select committee Chairs announced". UK Parliament. 18 June 2015. Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "Work and Pensions Committee - membership". UK Parliament. Retrieved 26 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "Welfare safety net inquiry launched". UK Parliament. Retrieved 21 September 2015. 

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