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 ‘on track’ to hit work coaches recruitment target

The Department for Work and Pensions is close to onboarding 13,500 additional work coaches by March 2021.

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Pension Schemes Act hailed as ‘landmark’

12 Feb 2021

The new pensions act introduces specific criminal offences designed to prevent employers raiding pension pots and running pensions into the ground.

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Job-finding support launched as furlough extension calls grow

3 Feb 2021

The government has launched a new Job Finding Support Service amid growing pressure from business and unions to further extend...

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High Court: Government failed gig workers’ health and safety

30 Nov 2020

The government has failed to implement important EU health and safety protections for workers into UK law, a judicial review...

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Chancellor launches Restart scheme to help jobless

25 Nov 2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has pledged billions of funding in today’s Spending Review to help the hundreds of thousands of people...

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Trustees could be forced to top up historical final salary pension pay-outs

23 Nov 2020

The High Court has ruled that the trustees of defined benefit pension schemes will have to revisit any pension transfers made over the past 30 years.

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Businesses urged to use the Redundancy Payment Service

16 Nov 2020

The government's Redundancy Payments Service is being underused by businesses on the brink of collapse, says a prominent accountancy firm.

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Mims Davies: Extended furlough won’t affect youth employment push

9 Nov 2020

Furlough's extension will not affect government plans to get young people back into jobs, employment minister Mims Davies tells Personnel Today.

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Pension advice ‘nudges’ proposed by the government

29 Oct 2020

Workplace pension schemes will be required to ‘nudge’ members towards getting advice when they seek to access their funds.

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Sunak to announce ‘Jets’ scheme to boost employment

5 Oct 2020

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

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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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