Work and Pensions Committee - Third Report
Monitoring the Performance of the Department for Work and Pensions in 2012-13

Here you can browse the report together with the Proceedings of the Committee. The published report was ordered by the House of Commons to be printed 12 March 2014.


Terms of Reference


1 Introduction

2 Welfare spending trends and reductions

Spending trends

Welfare spending reductions

Benefits up-rating

3 Implementation of Personal Independence Payments

Background to the policy reform

Key elements of PIP

Changes to PIP implementation timetable

Further changes to the timetable announced in October 2013

Impact of the delayed implementation on costs and savings

Concerns about delays in deciding claims and service to claimants

Reasons for the delays in decisions on awards

Face-to-face assessments

Contracted providers' service provision for claimants

Claimants with terminal illnesses

Testing and piloting

Addressing the problems with PIP implementation

Data on outcomes of PIP claims

Further scrutiny of PIP implementation

4 Local welfare assistance

5 Pension reforms

Pension charges


Defined Ambition and Collective Defined Contribution schemes

6 Child maintenance reforms

The Government's 2011 reform proposals

Concerns about the 2011 proposals

Outstanding concerns about the Government's final plans

Charges for using the statutory scheme

Customer service standards

Supporting parents to come to family-based arrangements


7 Use of DWP statistics

Previous comment by the Committee on DWP release of statistics

DWP processes for approving press releases and public statements accompanying statistical releases

UK Statistics Authority investigations into DWP statistics during 2013

Incapacity benefit claimants

Impact on claimants of the introduction of the Benefit Cap

Recent UKSA comment on use of DWP statistics

Ensuring accurate presentation of Government statistics

List of conclusions and recommendations

Formal Minutes

Oral and written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

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