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)

28 Jan 2021, 9:20 a.m.
Help is at hand for parents so children are warm and well-fed this winter, throughout the February half-term. The £170 million Covid Winter Grant Scheme is there so Local Authorities can provide support with food, energy bills, and other essentials https://t.co/uGp1BYak41 https://t.co/sMaMif8UYd - Link
28 Jan 2021, 9 a.m.
"I think if you're thinking about it - just go for it" Applications for this round of recruitment close today. 💻📱 Make a difference. Apply today to become a jobcentre Work Coach: https://t.co/9QggY2vV8q Salaries start at £27,565 #MoreThanAJob #PlanForJobs https://t.co/KPCMAL93VD - 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
Jan. 25 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Jun. 25 Urgent Questions Universal Credit: Court of Appeal Judgment
Jan. 21 Written Statements Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme Levy 2020-21
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
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
21 Jan 2021
In Force
15 Feb 2021
Department for Work and Pensions Social Fund Funeral Expenses Payment (Amendment) Regulations 2021
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
These Regulations are made in exercise of the powers conferred by section 8(1) of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (c. 16) in order to address failures of retained EU law to operate effectively and other deficiencies, in particular deficiencies under paragraphs (c) to (ea) of section 8(2) and paragraph (a) of section 8(3) of that Act, arising from the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union.
Laid
20 Jan 2021
In Force
6 Apr 2021
Department for Work and Pensions Automatic Enrolment (Earnings Trigger and Qualifying Earnings Band) Order 2021
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Draft affirmative procedure
This Order makes provision under sections 14 and 15A of the Pensions Act 2008 (c. 30) (“the Act”), following the annual review of the earnings trigger and qualifying earnings band which apply for the purposes of automatic enrolment into a workplace pension scheme.
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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
27 Jan 2021, 5:40 p.m. Stephen Timms (Labour - East Ham) Stephen Timms (Labour - East Ham)

Question to the Department for Work and Pensions:

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the letter of 15 January 2021 from the Permanent Secretary to the Work and Pensions Committee, in each month from August 2020 to December 2020 how many call attempts to her Department’s debt management service (a) were made, (b) were blocked and (c) were not blocked but were not answered.

Answered by Will Quince - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)

The table below illustrates the extent of the telephony traffic in Debt Management since August 2020.

Call attempts

Calls answered

Calls blocked

Calls not answered

August

153,800

102,400

22,200

29,300

September

282,100

127,900

101,600

52,600

October

221,800

147,500

41,800

32,500

November

605,300

149,600

413,700

42,000

December

278,900

122,600

129,400

26,900

January (to 11/01/21)

46,500

42,700

100

3,700

*Figures are rounded to the nearest 100

In November 2020, there was a temporary spike in the number of calls received due to the recommencement of debt recovery, following a pause due to the outbreak of Covid-19. It should be noted that the number of blocked calls does not represent individual customers and that the volume will be substantially distorted by repeat attempts.

We have since updated our telephone messaging and guidance for call handlers as well as redeploying trained staff from clearing work to answering calls.

In addition, DWP expects to deploy approximately 450 new staff to the network in the next three months.

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