Anne delivered the key note address at a recent Westminster Employment Forum event where she called on the Government to force insurers to disclose all charges to make a cap work.
You can read more about her speech here: http://www.moneymarketing.co.uk/news-and-analysis/politics/anne-begg-calls-for-greater-transparency-to-make-charge-cap-viable/2002595.article
Following the Select Committee’s recent inquiry into the Work Programme, Dame Anne led a debate in Westminster Hall highlighting that, while the programme might be delivering sustained job outcomes for some people, it was not effective in helping those who have major barriers to work, in particular, those who have a disability or health problem.
In fact, where previous specialist welfare-to-work programmes for people with disabilities achieved job outcomes between 10% and 30%, recent statistics show that the Work Programme has achieved a success rating of only 5.8%.
Dame Anne said: “The Work Programme is failing those furthest from the labour market.
“Major changes to the way in which the contracts are delivered, and to how the differential pricing structure works, need to be made if the Work Programme is to begin properly delivering job outcomes for those with the highest barriers to work.”
The new Minister for Employment, Esther McVey MP admitted that the Work Programme was “not perfect”.
A full transcript of the debate can be read here: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmhansrd/cm131010/halltext/131010h0001.htm#131010h0001.htm_spnew22
Dame Anne Begg MP, as chair of the Work and Pensions Select Committee appeared on the Sunday Politics to discuss the Work Capability Assessment, and the problems caused by ATOS.
You can watch Anne appear on at 1 hour 12 minutes on the link below.
Dame Anne has written her first Huffington Post blog entry, entitled ‘The Government’s Work Programme Needs Some Work.’
You can read the blog post here: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/dame-anne-begg/governments-work-programme-needs-some-work_b_2614546.html
The Work and Pensions select committee, which Dame Anne chairs, met on Monday 21st January 2013 to take evidence from Esther McVey on the Government’s new Personal Independence Payment scheme.
The session can be watched again on Parliament TV.
Dame Anne attended Scope’s Parliamentary reception in Westminster which launched the charity’s campaign for better local services for disabled children and their families.
To launch the campaign, Sally Phillips (known for her roles in ‘Miranda’ and ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’) was at the reception.
Taking centre stage during the reception was a giant Christmas tree adorned with handmade ‘wish stars’ decorated by members of the public and inscribed with messages to the MPs stating why supporting disabled children and their families matters.
Dame Anne said: “I am in support of Scope’s campaign and share their belief that it is vital for all who need services to have access to them in their local area.”
Dame Anne Begg MP at Scope Christmas parliamentary reception
Dame Anne presented her select committee report on Universal Credit to MPs on 22nd November.
The video of Dame Anne presenting the report can be watched on the BBC website.
The report can also be read on the Work and Pensions Select Committee website.
Dame Anne spoke on today’s ‘The World at One’ on BBC Radio 4 on the Government’s proposals to introduce auto-enrollment. You can hear the interview on the BBC iPlayer.
Dame Anne appeared on last night’s Newsnight on BBC Two alongside Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg discussing the changing levels of benefits. The programme can be watched again on iPlayer (interview starts at 21mins).
Today in Parliament, the Work and Pensions Select Committee, which Dame Anne chairs, questioned the Rt. Hon Iain Duncan Smith and Lord Freud, on Universal Credit. This highly controversial system was under direct scrutiny from the committee today.
The entire meeting can be watched on-line on the Parliament website.