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Benefits in Wales: options for better delivery

 

 

The Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee is undertaking an inquiry into Benefits in Wales: options for better delivery

 

Terms of reference

 

The terms of reference for the inquiry are to consider:

 

  • arguments for and against the devolution of welfare benefits;
  • lessons learned from the devolution of some social security powers to Scotland;
  • options for different forms of devolution (i.e. Universal Credit flexibilities, the devolution of specific benefits, the ability to create new benefits etc.);
  • practical considerations of devolution (i.e. the financial implications, integration of devolved and non-devolved systems, delivery infrastructure etc.); and
  • the principles that could underpin the delivery of benefits in Wales.

Evidence gathering

The Committee held a number of evidence sessions to inform the work of the Committee, which can be viewed in the table below. Additionally, the Committee consulted on this topic. The consultation responses have been published.

Evidence session

Date, agenda, minutes

Transcript

Video

1.Guto Ifan, Wales Governance Centre

Cian Sion, Wales Governance Centre

19 June 2019

Transcript

Watch on Senedd.tv

2 Victoria Winckler, Bevan Foundation

19 June 2019

Transcript

Watch on Senedd.tv

3 Gareth Morgan, Welfare Rights Advisers Cymru

Susan Lloyd-Selby, Trussell Trust

27 June 2019

Transcript

Watch on Senedd.tv

4 Matthew Kennedy, Chartered Institute of Housing Cymru

Sam Lister, Chartered Institute of Housing Cymru

Will Atkinson, Community Housing Cymru

27 June 2019

Transcript

Watch on Senedd.tv

5 Rachel Cable, Oxfam Cymru

Samia Mohamed

27 June 2019

Transcript

Watch on Senedd.tv

6 Hannah Blythyn AM, Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government

Jo-Anne Daniels, Welsh Government

Linda Davis, Welsh Government

3 July 2019

Transcript

Watch on Senedd.tv

 

Report

 

The Committee published its report: Benefits in Wales - options for better delivery (PDF, 1MB) on 24 October 2019.

 

On publication of the report, John Griffiths AM, Chair of the Committee said:

 

“The current system is currently not working for far too many people. We repeatedly hear that  benefits are not enough to cover basic and essential household costs, and the  system does not treat people with dignity, fairness or compassion. The human cost of these failures is unacceptable, in one of the world’s largest national economies.”      

 

The report will now be considered by the Welsh Government.

 

Keeping in touch

 

If you'd like to know more about the work of the Equality, Local Government and Communities, please view its homepage, follow its Twitter account or contact the team that supports the Committee at SeneddCommunities@assembly.wales

Business type: Committee Inquiry

Reason considered: Assembly Business;

Status: For consideration

First published: 21/02/2019

Decision due: Meeting Date by Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee

Documents

Consultations

 

 

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