Dame Anne Questions Iain Duncan Smith

As Chair of the Work and Pensions Select Committee, Dame Anne led the questioning Secretary of State for the Department for Work and Pensions Ian Duncan Smith yesterday on the problems facing Universal Credit and the delay in vital information being passed to the Committee.

With the Department’s controversial welfare reforms, of which Universal Credit is the flagship, being implemented and rolled out, the role of the Select Committee is to scrutinise the Department and offer recommendations as to how proposals can be improved or amended.

During the heated questioning session, Mr Duncan Smith was accused of not being open with a Commons Select Committee and of treating it with arrogance and disrespect.

Dame Anne also raised her concerns over failings in the policies and the negative implications of botched welfare reform.

Coverage of the evidence session can be found on the following sites;

Read the full transcript on the Parliament UK website- http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/WrittenEvidence.svc/EvidenceHtml/5774
Watch on Parliament TV- http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Main/Player.aspx?meetingId=14819
Guardian – http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/feb/03/iain-duncan-smith-universal-credit
BBC – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-26020025
Telegraph – http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/benedictbrogan/100257938/whitehall-is-shuddering-over-universal-credit-problems/