The House of Commons Welsh Affairs Committee has launched an inquiry examining the benefits system in Wales. The new inquiry comes following a period of unprecedented challenge for the benefits system as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Committee is inviting written evidence responding to the following questions:
- What are the key challenges for the benefits system in Wales and how do they differ from the other nations and regions of the UK?
- Pre-pandemic, how effectively did the UK benefits system tackle poverty and socio-economic inequalities in Wales as compared to England and Scotland?
- How has the COVID-19 pandemic changed the type and amount of support needed by people in Wales?
- How effectively has the UK benefits system responded to these needs, and what else should the UK Government do to deliver the right support in Wales?
- How effectively do the Welsh Government’s allowances and grants meet the particular needs of people in Wales?
- What reforms are needed to the benefits system and should there be further devolution of powers?
- How effectively do the UK and Welsh Governments work together in the delivery of benefits in Wales?
- What are the implications of the Universal Basic Income pilot in Wales?
The deadline for submissions is Tuesday 10 August, and more information can be found here.