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 over 22 million claimants and customers. Some of their responsibilities include understanding and dealing with the causes of poverty rather than its symptoms, encouraging people to work and making work pay and providing value for money and reducing levels of fraud and error.


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“Nuclear” deterrent required for pensions avoidance, says Work and Pensions Committee

Following an inquiry into the collapse of BHS, the Work and Pensions Committee has recommended significant punitive fines and other...

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Gig economy inquiry by Work and Pensions Committee launched

2 Dec 2016

The Work and Pensions Committee has announced an inquiry into the UK welfare system’s ability to adequately support the growing...

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Doctors and supporters march last week outside Parliament, where the Trade Union Act received royal assent yesterday. Ben Cawthra/REX/Shutterstock

Trade Union Act 2016 becomes law

5 May 2016

The Government announced that Trade Union Bill had completed its parliamentary process by saying that "people will be protected from undemocratic industrial action"...

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Civil partner pension benefits need not be equalised

7 Oct 2015

Pension schemes will not be required to pay backdated benefits to civil partners of their members, due to a Court...

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Half a million more people saving due to pensions auto-enrolment, says DWP

20 Sep 2012

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has released figures suggesting that around 600,000 more people will be putting money...

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Government ends A4e welfare-to-work contract

15 May 2012

The Government has ended a contract with welfare-to-work provider A4e following allegations of fraud at the company.A statement released this...

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Welfare to work: a bad experience?

28 Feb 2012

The furore over the Government’s welfare-to-work programme reached a new high at the end of last week when Emma Harrison,...

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Government issues amended timetable for pensions auto-enrolment

25 Jan 2012

The Government today issued amendments to the timetable against which employers must enrol their staff in workplace pension schemes.The Government...

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Government’s mish-mash review of employment law is creating fear

28 Oct 2011

The adage that “too many cooks spoil the broth” is never more accurate than when applied to employment law. Joanne...

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One employee in three to opt out of pensions

20 Oct 2011

Around one employee in three intends to opt out of the Government’s plans to automatically enrol them into company pension schemes...

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Work academies launched as unemployment soars

12 Oct 2011

The Government has announced the launch of sector-based work academies aimed at getting more young people into work, as figures...

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Work Programme suffering from backlog of capability assessments

12 Oct 2011

The Government must take urgent action to tackle the backlog of Work Capability Assessments (WCAs), which are essential in the...

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Auto-enrolment ‘will lead to cuts in pensions’

1 Sep 2011

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has defended its pensions auto-enrolment plans following a report that suggests firms will cut...

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Government set to overhaul pensions system

8 Mar 2011

Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith has pledged to press on with the Government’s reform of the state pension,...

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Friday Podcast: Welfare reform; British Airways strike update; social media and HR

28 May 2010

HR news and analysis including:

The government’s welfare policy overhaul
BA strike update
HR’s failure to capitalise on social media...

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