Department for Work and Pensions drafts Institute for Fiscal Studies chief into advisory body

IFS deputy director Carl Emmerson among new appointments to Social Security Advisory Committee

By Jim Dunton

28 Jul 2016

Institute for Fiscal Studies deputy director Carl Emmerson is one of five new appointments to the independent board that advises the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) on social security issues.

Emmerson will join the Social Security Advisory Committee from the beginning of next week, welfare reform minister Lord Matthew Freud has announced.

He will be joined by Charlotte Pickles, head of research at the Reform think tank, Disability Rights UK chief executive Liz Sayce, and Dominic Morris who is director of Coneygar Consulting which advises the Department for International Development, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the Ministry of Defence on reconstruction programmes in conflict zones. DWP said Morris was also a non-executive governor of a residential special school. 

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The fifth new appointment is Victoria Todd, senior technical manager for the Chartered Institute of Taxation's Low Incomes Tax Reform Group.

Chris Goulden, deputy director of policy and research at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation was reappointed to the SSAC for a second five-year term.

Announcing the new committee members, Lord Freud said the new team would “bring a wealth of knowledge and experience which will enrich further the advice that the committee provides to the ministerial team”.

Departing from the SSAC at the end of their terms are to John Andrews, Adele Baumgardt, John Ditch, Matthew Oakley and Nicola Smith.

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