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Social Security Advisory Committee

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 16 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 8 March 2010, Official Report, column 78W, on Social Security Advisory Committee: finance, how much the Social Security Advisory Committee spent (a) in total, (b) on staffing costs and (c) on running costs in (i) 2005-06, (ii) 2006-07, (iii) 2007-08, and (iv) 2008-09; and how much expenditure she expects that Committee to incur on each type of cost in 2009-10. (322054)

The information is in the following table:

£

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

2009-101

Total spend

331,700

396,900

390,700

457,900

456,200

Staffing costs

232,600

311,600

278,900

257,500

289,600

Non-staffing costs

99,100

85,300

111,800

200,400

166,600

1 Estimate.

Notes:

1. All figures rounded to the nearest £100.

2. The SSAC is the UK advisory body on social security and related matters, such as links with the labour market and wider social welfare issues. It performs a mandatory scrutiny of most proposals for making the regulations on those issues. Thus, much of the Department for Work and Pensions’ policy and legislative proposals—including the progressing of the welfare reform agenda—comes before the Committee.

3. The significant increase in non-staffing costs in 2008-09 mainly reflects the Committee’s decision, in the light of rising workloads, to deploy Members and external researchers more intensively to augment the work carried out by the SSAC Secretariat in that year. It also reflects the Committee’s costs in undertaking a public appointment exercise in 2008-09; no such exercise took place in the previous year.