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Departmental Public Participation

Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many citizens’ juries his Department has held since 1 July 2007; what the cost was of each; what issues were discussed at each event; and how many (a) Ministers and (b) members of the public attended each event. (227472)

DWP ran a series of deliberative workshops in July 2008 using some of the principles of citizens juries to find out how people thought the working age benefit budget should be spent. Seven workshops, including one pilot were conducted around the UK with a total of 147 members of the public participating. No Members of Parliament took part. The research cost £164,185 in total, which includes recruitment of participants, operational costs in running the workshops, analysis of the data and a full analytical report. The report is due to be published shortly as part of the DWP research series.