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Social Security Advisory Committee

Volume 542: debated on Tuesday 13 March 2012

I have today launched a review of the Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC). As part of the Government’s continuing drive for efficiency and effectiveness, all Departments are required to review their arm’s length bodies at least once every three years to challenge whether the functions they perform are still necessary and, if so, whether it is still appropriate for them to be delivered in the same way. The review of the Social Security Advisory Committee will look at the Committee’s functions and whether it needs to continue to exist. If the review determines that the Committee should continue, it will go on to examine its corporate governance mechanisms. I will inform the House of the outcome of the review when it is completed and place a copy of the outcome in the Library.