Lord Freud (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Welfare Reform), Work and Pensions; Conservative)
In May 2011, the Department for Work and Pensions commissioned the Social Security Advisory Committee to undertake an independent review of passported benefits and their interaction with universal credit.
The committee has now updated the department on the progress of this review.
To inform its review, the committee undertook a period of consultation and information gathering from May to July 2011. This included: a public consultation exercise that received over 60 responses from individuals and organisations representing disabled people, housing, offenders, schools and children, medical bodies, CAB, local councils, debt advice, fuel poverty, carers, and the devolved Administrations;a consultation exercise targeted specifically at academics aimed at identifying relevant research evidence in this area; and a small piece of qualitative research including focus groups with welfare rights advisers and a small number of in-depth interviews and focus groups with individuals who are claiming or who have claimed passported benefits.
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