Work and Pensions Committee inquiry: Welfare safety net

The Work and Pensions Committee is conducting a November 2018 inquiry into the current state of the UK’s welfare safety net, prompted by the evidence of debt, hunger and homelessness it has heard across several recent inquiries.

Responses must be made by 14 December 2018.

The Committee is inviting written submissions to the inquiry. Questions which the inquiry will focus on include:

  • How should hardship and chronic deprivation be measured?
  • What do we know about chronic deprivation and hardship in the UK? Is it changing? How?
  • Why do some households fall into poverty and deprivation?
  • What factors best explain the reported increases in indicators of deprivation like homelessness, rough sleeping and increased food bank use?
  • What about the local variations in these markers of deprivation?
  • Do Jobcentre Plus procedures and benefit delays play a role?
  • What role does Universal Credit play in in relation to deprivation, or could it play in tackling it?
  • Is our welfare safety net working to prevent people falling into deprivation? If not, how could it better do so?
  • What progress has been made on addressing the issues identified in the Committee’s 2016 Report, (described above / link)?
  • What are the remaining weaknesses, how should these now be addressed?

Find out more about the inquiry.