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)
Shadow Ministers
Shadow Secretaries
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)
Margaret Greenwood (Labour)
Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
Shadow Ministers
Marsha De Cordova (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions) (Disabled People)
Jack Dromey (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions) (Pensions)
Mike Amesbury (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions) (Employment)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

2 Apr 2020, 2:39 p.m.
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2 Apr 2020, 12:26 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
Mar. 09 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Mar. 09 Topical Questions Topical Questions
Feb. 04 Urgent Questions Universal Credit: Delayed Roll-Out
Mar. 17 Written Statements Covid-19
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 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 2 years 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
31 Mar 2020, 4:37 p.m. Universal Credit: Coronavirus Caroline Lucas

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make it her policy to pause universal credit deductions during the covid-19 outbreak for (a) third party suppliers (b) universal credit and benefit overpayment (c) universal credit advance and (d) recoverable hardship payment; and if she will make a statement.

Answer (Mims Davies)

As both the Prime Minister and Chancellor have made clear, the Government will do whatever it takes to support people affected by COVID 19 and we have been clear in our intention that everyone should be supported to do the right thing.

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