Work and Pensions Select Committee

The Work and Pensions Select Committee is a select committee of the House of Commons in the Parliament of the United Kingdom. The remit of the Committee is to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department for Work and Pensions and its associated public bodies.


Since June 2015 the Committee Chair has been Frank Field.[1][2]

The full Membership of the committee is as follows:[3]

Member Party Constituency
Heidi Allen MP Liberal Democrat South Cambridgeshire [4]
Jack Brereton MP Conservative Stoke on Trent South
Neil Coyle MP Labour Bermondsey and Old Southwark
Rosie Duffield MP Labour Canterbury
Frank Field MP (chair) Birkenhead Social Justice Birkenhead
Ruth George MP Labour High Peak
Steve McCabe MP Labour Birmingham Selly Oak
Nigel Mills MP Conservative Amber Valley
Anna Soubry MP Change UK Broxtowe
Chris Stephens MP Scottish National Party Glasgow South West
Derek Thomas MP Conservative St Ives


Occasionally, the House of Commons orders changes to be made in terms of membership of select committees, as proposed by the Committee of Selection. It often follows an MP's promotion to the frontbench.


Date Outgoing Member
& Party
Constituency New Member
& Party
20 February 2018[5] Chris Green MP (Conservative) Bolton West Nigel Mills MP (Conservative) Amber Valley
4 June 2018[6] Andrew Bowie MP (Conservative) Aberdeenshire West and Kincardine Justin Tomlinson MP (Conservative) North Swindon
Emma Dent Coad MP (Labour) Kensington Rosie Duffield MP (Labour) Canterbury
26 November 2018[7][8] Justin Tomlinson MP (Conservative) North Swindon Derek Thomas MP St Ives
11 February 2019[9] Alex Burghart MP (Conservative) Brentwood and Ongar Anna Soubry MP (Conservative) Broxtowe


Date Outgoing Member
& Party
Constituency New Member
& Party
26 October 2015[10] Debbie Abrahams MP (Labour) Oldham East and Saddleworth Steve McCabe MP (Labour) Birmingham Selly Oak
1 February 2016[11] Emma Lewell-Buck MP (Labour) South Shields Neil Coyle MP (Labour) Bermondsey and Old Southwark


Date Outgoing Member
& Party
Constituency New Member
& Party
2 November 2010[12] Karen Buck MP (Labour) Westminster North Alex Cunningham MP (Labour) Stockton North
Margaret Curran MP (Labour) Glasgow East Glenda Jackson MP (Labour) Hampstead and Kilburn
Shabana Mahmood MP (Labour) Birmingham Ladywood Teresa Pearce MP (Labour) Erith and Thamesmead
29 November 2010[13] Richard Graham MP (Conservative) Gloucester Andrew Bingham MP (Conservative) High Peak
Sajid Javid MP (Conservative) Bromsgrove Brandon Lewis MP (Conservative) Great Yarmouth
27 June 2011[14] Alex Cunningham MP (Labour) Stockton North Debbie Abrahams MP (Labour) Oldham East and Saddleworth
25 October 2011[15] Kate Green MP (Labour) Stretford and Urmston Sheila Gilmore MP (Labour) Edinburgh East
29 October 2012[16] Harriett Baldwin MP (Conservative) West Worcestershire Aidan Burley MP (Conservative) Cannock Chase
Andrew Bingham MP (Conservative) High Peak Jane Ellison MP (Conservative) Battersea
Karen Bradley MP (Conservative) Staffordshire Moorlands Graham Evans MP (Conservative) Weaver Vale
Oliver Heald MP (Conservative) North East Hertfordshire Nigel Mills MP (Conservative) Amber Valley
Brandon Lewis MP (Conservative) Great Yarmouth Anne Marie Morris MP (Conservative) Newton Abbot
10 June 2013[17] Aidan Burley MP (Conservative) Cannock Chase Mike Freer MP (Conservative) Finchley and Golders Green

Welfare safety net inquiry

On 18 September 2015, the Committee announced that it was beginning an enquiry into the 'welfare safety net'.[18] The Committee's chair, in launching the enquiry, said:

"There is a great deal of concern that some of the least advantaged people are slipping through our safety net into a state of hunger. Our welfare safety net has developed over decades because there is a level below which we as a society do not believe anyone should fall, no matter where they live. We want to understand how local councils are adapting and coping with the changes in benefits and the extra responsibilities on them to meet genuine need and maintain that basic safety net."

Two child limit

In 2019 the Work and Pensions Select Committee recommended ending the two-child limit on welfare payments. The committee head evidence from charities, economists and faith groups and stated the limit had, “unintended consequences that no government should be willing to accept.” The committee stated the justification for the limit assumed all pregnancies were planned, that distinguishing between families on benefits and families in work was “crude and unrealistic”, further evidence did not support the case that the two child limit might encourage parents to increase their incomes from work. The committee argued for no significant distinction between households on benefits and those working. In April 2019, 72% of families getting tax credits were in work. In May 2019, 28% of working-age housing benefit claimants were, “in employment and not on passported benefit”. in October 2019, 33% of Universal Credit claimants were recorded as employed. Frank Field MP said, “Any family in this country, except the super-rich, could fall foul of the two-child limit if their circumstances changed for the worse. This is exactly why social security must act as a national insurance scheme covering people when they’re most exposed to hardship – not increase it.”[19]

See also


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  2. "Frank Field elected Chair". 12 July 2017. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  3. "Work and Pensions Committee - membership". UK Parliament. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
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  6. "Business without Debate". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). 642. House of Commons. 4 June 2018. col. 135.
  7. "Derek Thomas MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  8. "Business Without Debate". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). 650. House of Commons. 26 November 2018. col. 125.
  9. "Work and Pensions". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). 654. House of Commons. 11 February 2019. col. 687.
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  11. "Committees". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). 605. House of Commons. 1 February 2016. Part 108:col. 750.
  12. "Work and Pensions". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). 517. House of Commons. 2 November 2010. Part 63:col. 896.
  13. "Work and Pensions". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). 519. House of Commons. 29 November 2010. Part 80:col. 637.
  14. "Work and Pensions". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). 530. House of Commons. 27 June 2011. Part 177:col. 726.
  15. "Work and Pensions". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). 534. House of Commons. 25 October 2011. Part 213:col. 286.
  16. "Committees". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). 552. House of Commons. 29 October 2012. Part 58:col. 132.
  17. "Committees". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). 564. House of Commons. 10 June 2013. Part 14:col. 129.
  18. "Welfare safety net inquiry launched". UK Parliament. Retrieved 21 September 2015.
  19. End two-child benefits limit, say cross-party MPs The Observer
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