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.


Sunak to announce ‘Jets’ scheme to boost employment

Work coaches are to be recruited by the Department for Work and Pensions in their thousands to ‘ramp up support’ for unemployed people.

Recruitment drive for thousands of Jobcentre Plus work coaches

11 Sep 2020

By March 2021 the government hopes to have a total of 27,000 work coaches, against a backdrop of rising unemployment.

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DWP failed to enforce social distancing at Leeds office

11 Sep 2020

The Department for Work and Pensions has failed to enforce social distancing at an office in Leeds, a health and...

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Happiness is not a protected characteristic concedes DWP

4 Sep 2020

Hairdresser's job advert that used the word 'happy' was wrongly taken down by government job site.

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Mims Davies MP: Why Kickstart’ is serious about jobs for young people

20 Aug 2020

Minister for employment Mims Davies explains how Kickstart will create opportunities for under-25s.

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Employers to receive £1k bonus for bringing staff back from furlough

8 Jul 2020

Government announces CJRS "bonus", kick-start scheme for 16 to 24-year-olds and other initiatives to boost jobs...

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DWP employee called ‘racist’ for remarking on Wales’ wet weather

28 May 2020

A former Department for Work and Pensions employee who was found to be a victim of age and race discrimination...

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Recent case shows employers must consider disability before dismissing staff

13 May 2020

Leeds Teaching hospital case casts fresh light on organisations vulnerability to discriminatory decisions.

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Gig workers’ lives at risk by ‘failure to adopt EU health and safety law‘

12 May 2020

A union that represents gig economy workers is taking legal action against the government for its alleged failure to ensure...

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Priti Patel due to be cleared of bullying accusations

29 Apr 2020

Home secretary Priti Patel is likely to be cleared of accusations she bullied senior civil servants in three government departments,...

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Coronavirus: Support planned for self-isolators who don’t qualify for sick pay

6 Mar 2020

The government is drawing up plans to offer financial support to people who are self-isolating but who do not qualify...

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DWP must pay woman £400,000 after she wins claim for race and age discrimination

25 Feb 2020

The DWP has been ordered to contact the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

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Women lose legal challenge against hike in state pension age

3 Oct 2019

The manner in which the government increased women’s state pension age was not discriminatory, a judicial review has found, rather...

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Therese Coffey

Who is Thérèse Coffey, Amber Rudd‘s replacement at DWP?

9 Sep 2019

Thérèse Coffey has been appointed as the new secretary of state for the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), following Amber Rudd's resignation.

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Disability benefit extended after Supreme Court ruling on mental health

22 Jul 2019

A landmark Supreme Court judgment could mean that people who find social situations debilitating will now be eligible to claim...

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