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)

15 Jan 2021, 6 p.m.
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15 Jan 2021, 2:40 p.m.
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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
Nov. 30 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Jun. 25 Urgent Questions Universal Credit: Court of Appeal Judgment
Dec. 14 Written Statements Plan for Jobs Update
Dec. 08 Westminster Hall Future of Pensions Policy
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


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
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
14 Jan 2021
In Force
1 Apr 2021
Department for Work and Pensions Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers' Compensation) (Payment of Claims) (Amendment) Regulations 2021
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Draft affirmative procedure
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.
Laid
14 Jan 2021
In Force
1 Apr 2021
Department for Work and Pensions Mesothelioma Lump Sum Payments (Conditions and Amounts) (Amendment) Regulations 2021
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Draft affirmative procedure
These Regulations amend the Schedule to the Mesothelioma Lump Sum Payments (Conditions and Amounts) Regulations 2008 (S.I. 2008/1963) (“the 2008 Regulations”) by substituting revised tables of the amount of lump sum payments payable to people with diffuse mesothelioma or to their surviving dependants.
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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, 10 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
14 Jan 2021, 2:17 p.m. Neil Gray (Scottish National Party - Airdrie and Shotts) Neil Gray (Scottish National Party - Airdrie and Shotts)

Question to the Department for Work and Pensions:

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will reintroduce the suspension of work-related conditionality and sanctions for the January 2021 covid-19 lockdown period.

Answered by Mims Davies - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)

There are no plans to reintroduce the suspension of conditionality and related sanctions for the January 2021 lockdown. Work Coaches will continue to work with claimants to ensure claimant commitments are reasonable for claimants’ circumstances, and allows them to continue to adhere to Covid-19 public health advice.

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