Ministerial role

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


The minister’s responsibilities include:

  • 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 the severe disability premium
  • work and health strategy including sponsorship of the joint Department for Work and Pensions / Department for Health and Social Care Work and Health Unit
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • disability benefit reform
  • devolution framework
  • Health and Safety Executive
  • COVID-19 response
  • Serious Case Panel

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.

Previous holders of this role

  1. Chloe Smith

    2021 to 2022

  2. Justin Tomlinson

    2019 to 2021

  3. Sarah Newton

    2017 to 2019

  4. The Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt

    2016 to 2017