Ministerial role

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Family Support, Housing and Child Maintenance

Responsibilities

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: Justin Tomlinson

Justin Tomlinson was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions on 9 July 2018.

He served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Disabled People from May 2015 until July 2016. He was previously the Parliamentary Private Secretary to Ed Vaizey MP.

Education

Justin graduated with a business degree from Oxford Brookes University.

Political career

Justin was previously the Parliamentary Private Secretary to Ed Vaizey MP. Before being elected to Parliament, Justin served as a councillor in North Swindon for 10 years. He served 4 years in the council’s cabinet as the lead member for culture, leisure and recreation.

Career outside politics

Justin owned a local marketing business in Swindon for 10 years which he sold when he was elected an MP.

Previous holders of this role

  1. Kit Malthouse MP

    • 2018 to 2018
  2. Caroline Dinenage MP

    • 2017 to 2018

Announcements

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  1. One million people lifted out of absolute poverty

    • Press release
  2. Claiming Funeral Expenses Payment to be made easier

    • Press release
  3. Child maintenance consultation launched

    • Press release
  4. Claiming a Funeral Payment to be made easier

    • Press release
  5. Funding for supported housing for older people to encourage building new homes

    • Press release
  6. Clampdown on child maintenance cheats

    • Press release
  7. Views on proposed improvements to Funeral Expenses Payments sought

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

    • Press release