Ministerial role

Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work


The minister’s responsibilities include:

  • cross-government disability issues
  • work and health strategy, including sponsorship of the Joint Work and Health Unit
  • disability employment, including Disability Confident, Work Choice, Access to Work, the Work and Health Programme and mental health in the workplace
  • support for those at risk of falling out of work, including occupational health and Statutory Sick Pay
  • financial support for sick and disabled claimants, including within
    • Universal Credit
    • Disability Living Allowance
    • Personal Independence Payment
    • Employment and Support Allowance
    • Attendance Allowance
    • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
    • Carer’s Allowance
  • specific welfare and health-related issues, including Motability and arms-length compensation schemes
  • oversight of the Health and Safety Executive and the Office for Nuclear Regulation

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: Sarah Newton MP

Sarah Newton was appointed Minister of State at the Department for Work and Pensions on 9 November 2017. She was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Home Office from 17 July 2016 to 9 November 2017. She was elected Conservative MP for Truro and Falmouth in May 2010.


Sarah was educated at Falmouth Comprehensive School before reading history at Kings College London. Sarah won a rotary international postgraduate scholarship in the USA.

Political career

Sarah served as Assistant Government Whip from May 2015 until July 2016.

Sarah was previously a councillor on Merton Council. During her time in Wimbledon, she served as the head of Friends of Cannizaro Park.

Career outside politics

Sarah was a marketing officer for IBIS, Citibank and American Express. After working for American Express for 4 years she became Director of Age Concern England. Sarah is also Founder and Initial Director of the International Longevity Centre.

Personal life

Sarah is married and has 3 children.

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP

    • 2016 to 2017


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  1. Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment guidance updated

    • Press release
  2. Disability Confident one year on: over 5,000 organisations now signed up

    • Press release
  3. Five thousand UK employers are now Disability Confident

    • Press release
  4. Department for Work and Pensions welcomes new ministerial team

    • Press release
  5. Professor Francis Davis appointed to the Office for Disability Issues

    • News story
  6. Paul Gray publishes second review of Personal Independence Payment

    • Press release
  7. New business champions to support rights of disabled consumers

    • Press release
  8. New figures show more than £84 million awarded in compensation through Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme

    • Press release
  9. Seeking disability sector champions

    • News story
  10. Appointment of the Chair of the Disability Confident Business Leaders Group

    • Press release