Benefits in Wales: options for better delivery
The Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee undertook an inquiry into benefits in Wales: options for better delivery.
Terms of reference
The terms of reference for the inquiry were to examine:
· 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.
The Committee held a number of evidence sessions to inform the work, which can be viewed in the table below. Additionally, the Committee consulted on this topic. The consultation responses have been published.
Date, agenda, minutes
1.Guto Ifan, Wales Governance Centre
Cian Sion, Wales Governance Centre
2 Victoria Winckler, Bevan Foundation
3 Gareth Morgan, Welfare Rights Advisers Cymru
Susan Lloyd-Selby, Trussell Trust
4 Matthew Kennedy, Chartered Institute of Housing Cymru
Sam Lister, Chartered Institute of Housing Cymru
Will Atkinson, Community Housing Cymru
5 Rachel Cable, Oxfam Cymru
6 Hannah Blythyn AM, Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government
Jo-Anne Daniels, Welsh Government
Linda Davis, Welsh Government
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 MS, 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 Welsh Government laid its response (PDF, 327KB) to the report on 6 December 2019.
The report and government responses were debated in Plenary on 16 September 2020.
Business type: Committee Inquiry
First published: 21/02/2019
- Correspondence from the Llywydd regarding the Committee's request for a Plenary debate on benefits in Wales - 17 June 2020 PDF 190 KB
- Correspondence to the Llywydd in relation to a Plenary debate - 10 June 2020 PDF 163 KB
- Updated Welsh Government response to the Committee report – 20 May 2020 PDF 452 KB
- Correspondence from the First Minister to the Rt Hon Thérèse Coffey MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions regarding COVID-19 and the UK social security system – 17 April 2020 PDF 281 KB
- Welsh Government written response to the UK Parliamentary Work and Pensions Committee Inquiry ‘Universal Credit: the wait for a first payment’ – April 2020 PDF 430 KB
- Correspondence from the Deputy Minister for Housing & Local Government regarding the benefits in Wales report response - 13 January 2020 PDF 1 MB
- Correspondence to the Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government regarding the response to the Committee's report on benefits in Wales - 16 December 2019 PDF 223 KB
- Correspondence from the Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government regarding the response to the Committee's report on benefits in Wales - 5 December 2019 PDF 1 MB
- Correspondence from Hannah Blythyn, Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government - 6 August 2019 PDF 258 KB
- Correspondence to the Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government - 10 July 2019 PDF 186 KB View as HTML (10) 10 KB
- Correspondence from Mark Isherwood AM regarding the Social Fund for funeral payments - 21 June 2019 PDF 202 KB View as HTML (11) 6 KB
- Correspondence from the Scottish Government - 27 September 2019
- Benefits in Wales: options for better delivery (completed)