Ministerial role

Minister of State (Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work)

Current role holder: Justin Tomlinson MP

Responsibilities

The minister’s responsibilities include:

  • responsibility for the departmental strategy on disability and disability employment
  • cross-government responsibility for disabled people
  • Employment and Support Allowance, Personal Independence Payment, Disability Living Allowance and elements of Universal Credit that relate to disabled people, including severe disability premium
  • EU Exit oversight
  • work and health strategy including sponsorship of the joint Department for Work and Pensions and Department for Health and Social Care Work and Health Unit
  • disability benefit reform
  • devolution framework
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Motability and arms-length compensation schemes

The role of Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work replaced the role of Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Disabled People in July 2016.

Current role holder

Justin Tomlinson MP

Justin Tomlinson was appointed as a Minister of State at the Department for Work and Pensions on 4 April 2019. He was previously Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions from July 2018 to April 2019.

He served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Disabled People from May 2015 until July 2016. He was previously the Parliamentary Private Secretary to Ed Vaizey MP.

Education

Justin graduated with a business degree from Oxford Brookes University.

Political career

Justin was previously the Parliamentary Private Secretary to Ed Vaizey MP. Before being elected to Parliament, Justin served as a councillor in North Swindon for 10 years. He served 4 years in the council’s cabinet as the lead member for culture, leisure and recreation.

Career outside politics

Justin owned a local marketing business in Swindon for 10 years which he sold when he was elected an MP.

More about this person

Previous holders of this role

  1. Sarah Newton

    2017 to 2019

  2. The Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP

    2016 to 2017

Announcements

  1. New video service for deaf claimants accessing Universal Credit
  2. Supporting disabled people through the coronavirus outbreak
  3. Next step for new service for benefit assessments announced
  4. Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme: annual review 2018 to 2019
  5. Disability Confident scheme leads to inclusive workforce
  6. Health and wellbeing amongst staff
  7. RNIB training rolled out to jobcentre staff
  8. Government urges employers to help transform sick pay
  9. Thousands of pensioners to benefit from PIP assessment overhaul
  10. New group to boost support for disabled students