Work and Pensions written question – answered on 24th November 2010.

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Photo of Alun Michael Alun Michael Labour, Cardiff South and Penarth

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make it his policy to publish each impact assessment undertaken by his Department on the effect on (a) homelessness, (b) persons living in supported accommodation and (c) other vulnerable groups of the public expenditure announcements in the June 2010 Budget and the spending review 2010 prior to the introduction of any relevant legislative proposals.

Photo of Steve Webb Steve Webb The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

In line with the Department's commitment to transparency, all measures in relation to the Budget and spending review have and will be equality impact assessed. Where the detail of policies is still being developed, we plan to publish at the same time as the Welfare Reform Bill or to accompany the Uprating Order. Some policies, such as the DLA Reform will be subject to consultation therefore the equality impact assessment would be published at a later date.

The equality impacts of Budget changes have been published where detail of the policy has been finalised and can be found through this link:

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/publications/impact%2Dassessments/equality%2Dimpact%2Dassessments/ we will publish, on the spending review web oage, a fuller update on the current position for all relevant policies shortly.

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