Ministerial role

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Work and Pensions)


The minister’s responsibilities include:

  • spokesperson for DWP business in the House of Lords
  • child maintenance
  • parental conflict
  • Office for Nuclear Regulation
  • National Insurance numbers
  • legislation and statutory instruments strategy
  • Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) relationship management
  • Social Fund (Cold Weather Payments, Sure Start Maternity grants, Funeral Expenses Payment scheme and Budgeting loans)
  • bereavement benefits
  • digital
  • commercial contracts
  • Independent Case Examiner
  • complaints strategy
  • supported accommodation
  • Support for Mortgage Interest
  • maternity benefits
  • departmental planning and performance management, including oversight of:
    • the single departmental plan, including tracking progress against manifesto commitments
    • other external reporting and governance requirements
  • departmental business, including oversight of:
    • transparency and data-sharing issues
    • correspondence
    • Freedom of Information requests
    • research and trialling

Current role holder

Baroness Deborah Stedman-Scott OBE DL

Baroness Stedman-Scott OBE was appointed as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions on 30 July 2019.

She was previously a Government Whip (Baroness in Waiting) from 27 October 2017 to 29 July 2019.

Previous career

Baroness Stedman-Scott joined the House of Lords in July 2010.

She was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for East Sussex in 2007 and an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2008 New Year Honours.

More about this person

Previous holders of this role

  1. Baroness Buscombe

    2017 to 2019

  2. The Rt Hon Lord Henley

    2016 to 2017