Tax Credits: Social Security Advisory Committee
The Committee is the main UK advisory body on social security matters. It is given its legitimacy by Section 170, Social Security Administration Act 1992.
The Committee's brief is:
- To give advice on social security issues as it sees fit.
- To consider and report on social security regulations referred to it.
- To consider and advise on any matters referred to it by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions or the Northern Ireland Department responsible for social security.
- To scrutinise information products produced by the Department for Work and Pensions.
In relation to tax credits the Committee (by virtue of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Committee and HM Treasury and HMRC) has a role in:
- Providing advice generally, both on its own initiative and at the request of HM Treasury and HMRC officials on policy matters related to tax credits.
- Providing specific advice on draft regulations relevant to tax credits.
- Providing advice on HMRC’s public information strategy and processes in relation to tax credits.
The members of the Committee can be found here.
Last reviewed/updated 9 June 2016