The minister’s responsibilities include:
- cross-DWP Commons spokesperson
- workless families, relationship support and support for disadvantaged groups
- childcare and maternity benefits
- child maintenance
- financial support for housing, including within Universal Credit
- other social assistance, including supported accommodation, Support for Mortgage Interest, Cold Weather Payments, bereavement benefits and funeral payments
- benefit cap implementation and benefit uprating
Current role holder: Caroline Dinenage MP
Caroline Dinenage was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions on 14 June 2017.
She was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Women, Equalities and Early Years at the Department for Education from 17 July 2016 to 14 June 2017.
She was elected Conservative MP for Gosport, Stubbington, Lee-on-the-Solent and Hill Head in 2010.
Caroline studied politics and English at Swansea University.
Between 1998 and 2003 Caroline served on the City of Winchester local council. She was appointed the Small Business Ambassador for the South by the Prime Minister in June 2013, and between 2012 and 2015 sat on the House of Commons Business, Innovation and Skills Committee.
From April 2014 to May 2015 Caroline served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP. From May 2015 to July 2016 she served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Women, Equalities and Family Justice at the Ministry of Justice and DfE.
Career outside politics
Caroline has more than 20 years of experience as a small business owner, having established her own manufacturing company before university.