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

Rt Hon Dr Thérèse Coffey MP
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

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

26 Oct 2020, 12:02 p.m.
Jobs are available right now in the care sector. Find out what’s involved and how to apply: https://t.co/IcXO6WRlUO #JobHelp https://t.co/BLHdb6J4ji - Link
26 Oct 2020, 10:15 a.m.
Getting #UniversalCredit? Use your online account to check payments and report a change of circumstances. Find out more https://t.co/ZDHnCdLBRD https://t.co/4VpDWoxXi7 - 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
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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Department for Work and Pensions - Bills and Acts in the Current Session

Title Last Event Next Event Date Last Updated
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.

Department for Work and Pensions - Draft Secondary Legislation

Dates Department Title
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
22 Oct 2020
In Force
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.
Laid
20 Oct 2020
In Force
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 [2020] EWCA Civ 778.
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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 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.

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Department for Work and Pensions Select Committee

Department for Work and Pensions Select Committee Home Page

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.


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
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.

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