Welfare safety net


Terms of reference


1 Introduction

Our work so far

2 Levels of poverty and destitution

How does the Government measure poverty?

Background to the current approach

The Social Metrics Commission

How should the new measure be used?

Other measures

Next steps: debt and deductions

3 Drivers of poverty amongst different groups

Older people

Disabled people

Gendered and child poverty

Single payments of Universal Credit

4 The benefit freeze and up-rating changes

Up-rating changes

The five-year freezes

The 2018 budget

Local Housing Allowance

The combined impact

5 Impact and accountability

Understanding the impact of DWP policies

What claimants can expect from DWP

Introducing service standards and an independent regulator

6 Conclusion

Conclusions and recommendations

Formal minutes


Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

Published: 31 July 2019