The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is responsible for welfare, pensions and child maintenance policy. As the UK’s biggest public service department it administers the State Pension and a range of working age, disability and ill health benefits to around 20 million claimants and customers.
Rt Hon Dr Thérèse Coffey MP
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
Oral Answers to Questions is a regularly scheduled appearance where the Secretary of State and junior minister will answer at the Dispatch Box questions from backbench MPsOther Commons Chamber appearances can be:
Westminster Hall debates are performed in response to backbench MPs or e-petitions asking for a Minister to address a detailed issue
Written Statements are made when a current event is not sufficiently significant to require an Oral Statement, but the House is required to be informed.
|Oct. 19||Oral Questions||Oral Answers to Questions|
|Jun. 25||Urgent Questions||Universal Credit: Court of Appeal Judgment|
|Oct. 15||Westminster Hall||Covid-19: Disability-Inclusive Response|
|Feb. 24||Adjournment Debate||Social Security Benefits: Claimant Deaths|
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|Social Security (Up-rating of Benefits) Bill 2019-21||2nd reading (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 15 October, 2020||
Committee stage: House of Lords
27 Oct 2020
|22 Oct 2020, 6:40 p.m.|
|A Bill To make provision relating to the up-rating of certain social security benefits.|
6 Sep 2019, 3:01 a.m.
|Department for Work and Pensions||The Jobseekers (Back to Work Schemes) Act 2013 (Remedial) Order 2019|
|This Order amends the Jobseekers (Back to Work Schemes) Act 2013 (“the 2013 Act”) to remedy the incompatibility of the 2013 Act with a Convention right. The 2013 Act removed what would otherwise have been a conclusive ground of appeal from Jobseeker’s Allowance claimants (“JSA claimants”) who had pending appeals against a penalty imposed for failing to comply with the Jobseeker’s Allowance (Employment, Skills and Enterprise Scheme) Regulations 2011 (“the 2011 Regulations”) at the time that the 2013 Act came into force. This Order extends to England and Wales and Scotland.|
22 Oct 2020
12 Nov 2020
|Department for Work and Pensions||Social Security (Coronavirus) (Prisoners) Amendment Regulations 2020 Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation||Made negative procedure|
|These Regulations amend the Social Security (Coronavirus) (Prisoners) Regulations 2020 (S.I. 2020/409) in response to the continuing outbreak of coronavirus in Great Britain.|
20 Oct 2020
16 Nov 2020
|Department for Work and Pensions||Universal Credit (Earned Income) Amendment Regulations 2020 Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation||Made negative procedure|
|These Regulations amend the Universal Credit Regulations 2013 by substituting a new regulation 61. They implement the judgment of the Court of Appeal in Secretary of State v Johnson & others  EWCA Civ 778.|
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Make fair transitional state pension arrangements for 1950’s womenGov Responded - 27 Sep 2017 Debated on - 14 Dec 2017
13 Mar 2018
closed 2 years, 7 months ago
That this Government without delay recognises the need for a non-means tested bridging pension for women born on or after 6/4/1950 who are affected by the 1995 and 2011 Pension Acts and compensate those at risk of losing up to around £45,000, to also give proper notification for any future changes.
Select Committees are a formally established cross-party group of backbench MPs tasked with holding a Government department to account.
At any time there will be number of ongoing investigations into the work of the Department, or issues which fall within the oversight of the Department. Witnesses can be summoned from within the Government and outside to assist in these inquiries, and the Select Committee will occasionally publish formal reports of their findings.
|Oct. 22||Application for a State Pension forecast||Services|
|Oct. 20||New funding and guidance to improve housing support for vulnerable people||News and Communications|
|Oct. 20||Supported housing: national statement of expectations||Guidance and Regulation|
Written Questions are submitted by Members of Parliament and the House of Lords to receive information or updates from a Department.
Departments are required to respond in a timely fashion and provide a response or requested information. Written Questions can compel detailed and specific information to be produced, and are frequently used as the source of news stories about the work of a Department.
|23 Oct 2020, 1:26 p.m.||Jon Trickett MP (Labour - Hemsworth)||Jon Trickett MP (Labour - Hemsworth)|
Question to the Department for Work and Pensions:
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make an assessment of the implications for her policies of the finding by the End Child Poverty Campaign that eight out of the 10 local authorities in which child poverty increased between 2014 and 2019 are in the North of England.
Answered by Will Quince - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
We have examined, from what has been published, Loughborough University’s methodology for estimating housing costs by constituency. We are unable to assess how robust the method for modelling local housing costs is and we do not know the process used for calibrating the local measures with regional level statistics on child poverty from Households Below Average Income.
National Statistics on the number and percentage of children in low income are published annually in the “Households Below Average Income” publication. These remain the most accurate published measurements of low income. The latest HBAI statistics (2018/19) show that since 2009/10, 100,000 children have been lifted out of absolute poverty (both before and after housing costs) and levels of combined material deprivation and low income for children are at their joint lowest level.