Ministerial role

Minister of State for Disabled People


The Minister of State for Disabled People is responsible for:

  • cross-government disability issues and strategy
  • Employment and Support Allowance, Work Capability Assessment and Incapacity Benefit Reassessment Programme
  • disability benefits (Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment and Attendance Allowance)
  • carers
  • appeals reform
  • fraud and error (including debt management)

Current role holder: Mark Harper MP

Mark Harper MP was appointed as Minister of State at the Department for Work and Pensions on 15 July 2014. He is the Conservative MP for the Forest of Dean.


Mark was educated at Headlands school, Swindon, and Swindon College, before studying philosophy, politics and economics at Brasenose College, Oxford.

Political career

Mark was elected as an MP in May 2005. In December 2005, he was appointed Shadow Minister for Defence and in July 2007 he became Shadow Minister for Disabled People. Following the formation of the coalition government in 2010, Mark was appointed Minister for Political and Constitutional Reform. He was appointed Minister for Immigration in September 2012.

Career outside politics

Mark qualified as a chartered accountant with the professional services network, KPMG, in 1995. Until 2002 he worked for Intel Corporation in a variety of fields, including finance, business operations and marketing, before establishing his own chartered accountancy business in the Forest of Dean.

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon Mike Penning MP

    • 2013 to 2014


  1. Employment

    • 26 March 2015
  2. Welfare reform

    • 22 October 2014
  3. Social equality

    • 18 August 2014


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  1. National Grid joins government’s Disability Confident campaign

    • 26 March 2015
    • Press release
  2. Independent Living Fund reappointment of Chair and Vice Chair of board of trustees

    • 24 March 2015
    • Press release
  3. Improved specialist employment scheme will double number of disabled people supported into work

    • 24 March 2015
    • Press release
  4. 'Transformation' in British attitudes towards disabled people since Paralympics 2012

    • 8 July 2014
    • Press release
  5. Minister welcomes sharp fall in appeals against benefit decisions

    • 13 June 2014
    • Press release
  6. Message of support to ParalympicsGB from Minister of State for Disabled People, Rt Hon Mike Penning

    • 7 March 2014
    • Press release
  7. Statement on the future of the Independent Living Fund

    • 6 March 2014
    • Statement to Parliament
  8. Privy Council appointments: February 2014

    • 27 February 2014
    • Press release
  9. Personal Independence Payment rolls out to existing claimants in northern England

    • 3 February 2014
    • Press release
  10. Disability Confident regional event – Birmingham

    • 2 December 2013
    • Speech