Ministerial role

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


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: Kit Malthouse MP

Kit Malthouse was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Family Support, Housing and Child Maintenance at the Department of Work and Pensions on 9 January 2018. He was elected as Conservative MP for North West Hampshire in May 2015.


Kit attended Sudley County Primary school and then Liverpool College before studying Politics and Economics at Newcastle University.

Political career

Kit was a councillor on Westminster Council from 1998 to 2006.

He was a member of the London Assembly from 2008 to 2016. He served as Deputy Mayor for Policing 2008 to 2012 and Deputy Mayor for Business and Enterprise from 2012 to 2015.

Career outside politics

Kit is a chartered accountant, founding a midlands-based finance company, which he now chairs.

Personal life

Kit is married with 3 children.

Previous holders of this role

  1. Caroline Dinenage MP

    • 2017 to 2018


Get updates to this list email feed

Copy and paste this URL in to your feed reader

  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