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)
Guy Opperman MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
Will Quince MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

24 Nov 2019, noon
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20 Nov 2019, 3:01 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
Oct. 07 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Oct. 07 Topical Questions Topical Questions
Jul. 23 Urgent Questions Personal Independence Payments: Supreme Court Ruling
Nov. 04 Written Statements Welfare and Pensions Update
Oct. 30 Westminster Hall Child Poverty in Scotland
Jul. 02 Adjournment Debate Unemployment and Autism
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Department for Work and Pensions Legislation

Title Last Event Next Event Date Last Updated
Financial Guidance and Claims Act 2018 Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 10 May, 2018 27 Sep 2019, 1:57 p.m.
A bill to make provision establishing a new financial guidance body; to make provision about the funding of debt advice in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland; and to make provision about the regulation of claims management services.

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 1 year, 9 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 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
5 Nov 2019, 4:29 p.m. Department for Work and Pensions: Honours Seema Malhotra

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of staff in his Department in receipt of each category of Honour in (a) December 2018 and (b) June 2019 were (i) from ethnic minority backgrounds and (ii) female aged (A) under 30, (B) 31 to 40, (C) 41 to 50 and (D) aged over 50.

Answer (Mims Davies)

The Government is committed to ensuring that the honours system is fully representative of UK society. The proportion of women and people from ethnic minorities receiving recognition on each honours list is available on GOV.UK, as is a breakdown of ethnicities of recipients, published on the Ethnicity Facts and Figures website at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/honours-recipients-by-ethnicity. Information on ages is not correlated with other diversity factors. We also publish the proportion of honours by independent committee on GOV.UK. The numbers of honours recipients in the Department for Work and Pensions are small and vary from year to year.

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