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.


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

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

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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Rudd wants to increase disabled workers target

5 Mar 2019

Amber Rudd has announced that she will review the government’s target of getting one million more disabled people in work...

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Rise in auto-enrolment pension deductions will bite take-home pay

18 Feb 2019

With auto-enrolment pension contributions set to rise from April, millions of UK employees will experience a decrease in their take-home...

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Bosses who mishandle workers’ pensions could face jail

11 Feb 2019

Company directors who handle employees’ pension funds with a devil-may-care attitude could face up to seven years in prison or...

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‘Historic’ CDC pensions schemes given green light by DWP

6 Nov 2018

The Department for Work and Pensions has launched a consultation to shape new legislation around collective defined contribution pension schemes,...

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Pension

Pensions Regulator sets out plan to beef up operations

11 May 2018

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has announced plans that it said would enable it to become more effective when dealing organisations...

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Disability: Access to Work grant rises by a third

20 Mar 2018

Some disabled employees are to receive a 36% increase in Access to Work grants to assist them at work from...

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