Department for Work and Pensions

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.


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Secretary of State

Thérèse Coffey
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Ministers of State
Justin Tomlinson - Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Mims Davies - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
Will Quince - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
Guy Opperman - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
Baroness Stedman-Scott - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)


Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

8 Apr 2021, 12:10 p.m.
We understand that working can be difficult if you have a mental health condition. Access to Work could provide support to help you stay in work. Find out more https://t.co/bnLvgNYmyT https://t.co/qTysS62fnx - Link
8 Apr 2021, 11 a.m.
EEA or Swiss Citizen? Have you applied for the EU Settlement Scheme yet? Don’t miss the 30 June 2021 deadline. Find out more at https://t.co/xGFPPkIMQ6 https://t.co/xoX2mqGCYA - Link
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Department for Work and Pensions Commons Appearances

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 MPs

Other Commons Chamber appearances can be:
  • Urgent Questions where the Speaker has selected a question to which a Minister must reply that day
  • Adjornment Debates a 30 minute debate attended by a Minister that concludes the day in Parliament.
  • Oral Statements informing the Commons of a significant development, where backbench MP's can then question the Minister making the statement.

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.

Most Recent Commons Appearances by Category
Date Type Title
Mar. 08 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Jun. 25 Urgent Questions Universal Credit: Court of Appeal Judgment
Apr. 14 Written Statements Covid-19 Local Support Measures: Extension
Apr. 15 Westminster Hall Covronavirus, Disability and Access to Services
Mar. 02 Adjournment Debate Covid-19: Statutory Sick Pay
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Department for Work and Pensions - Bills and Acts in the Current Session


A Bill to make provision about pension schemes

This Bill received Royal Assent on Thursday 11th February 2021 and was enacted into law.

Introduced: 23rd September 2020

A Bill To make provision relating to the up-rating of certain social security benefits.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Monday 23rd November 2020 and was enacted into law.

Department for Work and Pensions - Draft Secondary Legislation

Dates Department Title
Published
14 Jan 2021, 12:11 p.m.
Department for Work and Pensions The Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers’ Compensation) (Payment of Claims) (Amendment) Regulations 2021
Under the Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers’ Compensation) Act 1979 (c. 41) (“the Act”) lump sum payments may be made to certain persons disabled by a disease to which the Act applies, or to dependants of persons who were so disabled before they died. The diseases to which the Act applies are pneumoconiosis, byssinosis, diffuse mesothelioma, primary carcinoma of the lung (where accompanied by asbestosis or diffuse pleural thickening) and diffuse pleural thickening.
Published
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.

Department for Work and Pensions - Laid Secondary Legislation

Dates Department Title Type
Laid
13 Apr 2021
In Force
4 May 2021
Department for Work and Pensions Social Security (Claims and Payments) (Amendment) Regulations 2021
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
These Regulations amend Schedule 9 to the Social Security (Claims and Payments) Regulations 1987 (S.I. 1987/1968). Schedule 9 contains provisions which allow for deductions to be made from benefit and for direct payment to third parties.
Laid
16 Mar 2021
In Force
6 Apr 2021
Department for Work and Pensions Universal Credit (Extension of Coronavirus Measures) Regulations 2021
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
These Regulations provide for further measures in response to the present outbreak of coronavirus disease in Great Britain.
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Petitions addressed by Department for Work and Pensions

Current Signatures Final Signatures Title Petition Deadline
117,716
Petition Closed

Make fair transitional state pension arrangements for 1950’s women

Gov Responded - 27 Sep 2017 Debated on - 14 Dec 2017
13 Mar 2018
closed 3 years, 1 month 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.

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Departmental Select Committee

Work and Pensions Committee

Commons 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.

Select Committee findings are reported to the Commons, printed, and published on the Parliament website. The government then usually has 60 days to reply to the committee's recommendations.


11 Members of the Work and Pensions Committee
Stephen Timms Portrait
Stephen Timms (Labour - East Ham)
Work and Pensions Committee Member since 29 Jan 2020
Debbie Abrahams Portrait
Debbie Abrahams (Labour - Oldham East and Saddleworth)
Work and Pensions Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Shaun Bailey Portrait
Shaun Bailey (Conservative - West Bromwich West)
Work and Pensions Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Siobhan Baillie Portrait
Siobhan Baillie (Conservative - Stroud)
Work and Pensions Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Neil Coyle Portrait
Neil Coyle (Labour - Bermondsey and Old Southwark)
Work and Pensions Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Steve McCabe Portrait
Steve McCabe (Labour - Birmingham, Selly Oak)
Work and Pensions Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Nigel Mills Portrait
Nigel Mills (Conservative - Amber Valley)
Work and Pensions Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Selaine Saxby Portrait
Selaine Saxby (Conservative - North Devon)
Work and Pensions Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Ben Spencer Portrait
Ben Spencer (Conservative - Runnymede and Weybridge)
Work and Pensions Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Chris Stephens Portrait
Chris Stephens (Scottish National Party - Glasgow South West)
Work and Pensions Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Desmond Swayne Portrait
Desmond Swayne (Conservative - New Forest West)
Work and Pensions Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Work and Pensions Committee: Upcoming Events
Work and Pensions Committee - Oral evidence
<i>At 9.30am: Oral evidence</i><br/>Sarah Smart, Government’s preferred candidate for Chair of the Pensions Regulator<br/>
21 Apr 2021, 9:15 a.m.
Appointment of the Chair of the Pensions Regulator
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Department for Work and Pensions Publications


Department for Work and Pensions Written Questions

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.

Latest Written Question
Date Title Questioner
16 Apr 2021, midnight Coronavirus: Disability Matthew Offord (Conservative - Hendon)

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 potential merits of recognising long covid as a disability.

Answered by Justin Tomlinson - Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)

Given Long COVID is an emerging condition, the Government cannot comment whether consideration should be given to its addition to the list of conditions classed as a disability under the Equality Act 2020. An individual is defined as disabled under the Equality Act 2010 if they have a physical or mental impairment that has a “substantial” and “long-term” negative effect on their ability to carry out normal daily activities. The Act defines “long-term” as where an impairment has lasted, or is likely to last for at least 12 months, or where the impairment is likely to last for the rest of a person’s life. “Substantial” on the other hand is defined as an impairment that is more than minor or trivial.

COVID-19 is a new disease and therefore it is not yet clear what the physical, psychological and rehabilitation needs will be for those experiencing long-term effects of the virus. The Government is funding ambitious and comprehensive research into the long-term physical and mental health effects of COVID-19 to better understand how to help and support those affected, with the most recent research call published on 25 March 2021 by the National Institute of Health Research/UK Research Institute.

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