DWP change at the top - Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

10 September 2019

Thérèse Coffey MP was previously Minister of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs between 25 July 2019 and 8 September 2019.


She was previously Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from 17 July 2016 to 25 July 2019. She was elected the Conservative MP for Suffolk Coastal in May 2010.


The Secretary of State has overall responsibility for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). They have direct responsibility for departmental expenditure and departmental management.

DWP is responsible for the administration of the State Pension and working-age benefits system, providing support to:

  • people of working age
  • employers
  • pensioners
  • families and children
  • disabled people

Health is everyone’s business: proposals to reduce ill health-related job loss

The DWP together with the Department of Health and Social Care are currently seeking views on different ways in which government and employers can take action to reduce ill health-related job loss. In the Health is everyone’s business consultation which closes on 7 October 2019.



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