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)
Shadow Ministers
Shadow Secretaries
Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope (Liberal Democrat)
Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Work and Pensions)
Jonathan Reynolds (Labour (Co-op))
Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
Baroness Sherlock (Labour)
Shadow Spokesperson (Work and Pensions)
Baroness Janke (Liberal Democrat)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Work and Pensions)
Hywel Williams (Plaid Cymru)
Shadow PC Spokesperson (Work and Pensions)
Neil Gray (Scottish National Party)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Work and Pensions)
Sammy Wilson (Democratic Unionist Party)
Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Work and Pensions)
Shadow Ministers
Vicky Foxcroft (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)
Seema Malhotra (Labour (Co-op))
Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions) (Employment)
Jack Dromey (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions) (Pensions)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

4 Aug 2020, noon
Need to claim benefits? If you’ve been affected by #Coronavirus, visit our website that helps to explain what financial support you may be entitled to. Find out more https://t.co/fQJiTdqWvp https://t.co/j2BO58VHUJ - Link
4 Aug 2020, 10 a.m.
Need help finding a job? The new Jobcentre Plus website is a great place to start #JobHelp https://t.co/3RemtjVFoI https://t.co/Kdvm3GP3oO - 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
Jun. 29 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Jun. 25 Urgent Questions Universal Credit: Court of Appeal Judgment
Feb. 04 Westminster Hall Local Housing Allowance: Homeless Young People
Feb. 24 Adjournment Debate Social Security Benefits: Claimant Deaths
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Department for Work and Pensions has not tabled any Bills during the current Session.


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 Jul 2020
In Force
23 Jul 2020
Department for Work and Pensions Pension Protection Fund (Moratorium and Arrangements and Reconstructions for Companies in Financial Difficulty) (Amendment) Regulations 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made affirmative procedure
These Regulations amend the Pension Protection Fund (Moratorium and Arrangements and Reconstructions for Companies in Financial Difficulty) Regulations 2020 (S.I. 2020/693) (“the 2020 Regulations”) to apply those provisions to co-operative societies and community benefit societies.
Laid
6 Jul 2020
In Force
7 Jul 2020
Department for Work and Pensions Pension Protection Fund (Moratorium and Arrangements and Reconstructions for Companies in Financial Difficulty) Regulations 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made affirmative procedure
These Regulations, in certain circumstances, give the Board of the Pension Protection Fund (“the Board”) rights that are normally exercised by a pension scheme’s trustees or managers where they are creditors. Where the trustees or managers lose their rights as a result the Board is required to consult with them.
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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, 4 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
3 Aug 2020, 4:16 p.m. Disability: Coronavirus Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on disabled people; and what plans are in place to aid recovery from that impact.

Answer (Baroness Stedman-Scott)

The Government is committed to supporting disabled people affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. We continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on disabled people using existing and new data sources.

The Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work has had discussions with charities, disabled people's organisations and individuals to understand the range of experiences disabled people have had during the COVID-19 pandemic and to identify the support needed as lockdown restrictions are eased

We are ensuring that disabled people continue to have access to disability benefits, food, medicines, essentials, accessible communications, updated guidance, including workplace and transport related guidance, as well as financial and other support during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Government continues to provide disability employment support through initiatives such as Access to Work, Disability Confident, the Work and Health Programme, Intensive Personalised Employment Support, and other forms of support that disabled people need to retain, adapt and move into employment.

The Cabinet Office Disability Unit continues to work with disability stakeholders and across Government Departments to ensure that the needs of disabled people are considered in the UK Government’s response to COVID-19. We are clear that consideration of equality impacts must be integral in all key policy decisions. All equality and discrimination laws and obligations continue to apply during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We will publish the National Strategy for Disabled People taking into account the impacts of the pandemic on disabled people. The Strategy will focus on the issues that disabled people say affect them the most in all aspects and phases of life, including employment, housing, education and transport.

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